U.S. Representative Ann Kuster was in town Thursday, for a roundtable discussion on drug abuse and mental health issues hindering Sullivan County. Kuster joined about two dozen city, county and health officials during her visit to Claremont’s Valley Regional Hospital, where she vowed to support the facility’s pledge to open a 10-bed unit for mental health patients denied financial backing by the state.
Kuster also called the state’s drug problem a lethal issue, saying New Hampshire has the nation’s highest per-capita addiction rate, but second lowest treatment capacity.
While in Claremont, Kuster also stopped by the Sawtooth Building on Main street to discuss plans for the building, and the use of a $250,000 economic development grant given to the city by the Northern Borders Regional Commission.
The building will be renovated by Twin State MakerSpace, and become the Claremont MakerSpace.