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Heroin use on the rise in NH

Even though the dangers are well known, heroin use is on the rise in many communities in New Hampshire. This seems to correlate with the easier option of snorting or smoking heroin to avoid using needles, and the increased abuse of prescription pain medication. In the last ten years, the number of people admitted to state funded treatment programs rose by 90% for heroin use and 500% for prescription opiate abuse.

There is a lot we can do to improve the way treatment works and increase the possibility of recovery. Becoming engaged in prevention initiatives in your community is a great investment. 

News Alerts:

September 2015: Anyone. Anytime. N.H.'s Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis.

March 2015: DEA Issues Alert on Fentanyl-Laced Heroin  Many overdoses in NH have involved fentanyl-laced heroin or fentanyl being sold as heroin.  For more information on Fentanyl, visit: www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/fentanyl

June 2015: Governor Hassan signed a bill making Nalaxone (Narcan), an emergency treatment that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose and save lives, available not only to medical professionals and police, but also by prescription to family and friends of people with a history of opioid abuse.

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