At an interfaith panel discussion in the town of Nashua in my home state of New Hampshire, I was struck by something said by Kelly Ayotte, then a United States senator from New Hampshire: “Faith communities have an important role” in the battle against drug addiction that government can’t fill (“Nashua church offers spiritual response to drug crisis,” The Telegraph , May 28, 2016). Her recognition of the unselfish work being done in faith communities to heal addiction and provide practical care for those afflicted came at a time when New Hampshire had one of the highest death rates from opioid overdoses in the United States.
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