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.
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.
- Heroin in NH Issue Brief: A Dangerous Resurgence
- Heroin Fact Sheet
- Prescription Pain Medication Misuse Issue Brief
- SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit 2014
- The Medicine Abuse Project: From RX to Heroin
- Alex's Story on Recovery