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An Overview of Addiction in New Hampshire

The current drug epidemic in New Hampshire is responsible for unprecedented accidental deaths, spiking crime rates and a revolving door of addiction. The alarming prevalence of heroin and opiate use has caused a major public health crisis. Jails are jammed with no in-house rehabilitation, and state-funded beds at treatment centers have wait lists of at least two months.

The result is an increasing number of addicts who can’t get the treatment they need to recover, which leads to relapse and recidivism. Unintended consequences include over-burdened police drug units and a staggering spike in death rates, 96 percent of them deemed “accidental.”

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in New Hampshire

  • Opiates, including prescription drugs, are the most commonly cited substances among primary drug treatment admissions in New Hampshire, followed by heroin and marijuana.
  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, New Hampshire has consistently been ranked among the states with the highest rates of drug abuse and dependence since 2002. In particular, New Hampshire takes the top spot as the state that consumes the most amount of alcohol in the nation, more than double the national average.
  • Over the past four years the number of heroin-related arrests in Nashua have increased six fold, and the number of overdoses are on track to be triple in 2015 over 2013 overdose statistics.
  • The synthetic opioid fentanyl was identified in a growing number of overdose deaths and even outpaced heroin as the leading cause of drug-related deaths last year.
  • New Hampshire is experiencing the devastating effects of heroin and opioid misuse, but the state also ranks among the top in the nation for underage alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use.
  • New Hampshire became the 19th state with a medical cannabis law, and the last in New England, when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 573, Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes, into law on July 23, 2013.
  • The citizens of New Hampshire drink more alcoholic beverages per person—some 40.8 gallons per year—than any other U.S. state. The state ranks second in the nation for binge drinking among 12-20 year olds.
  • In New Hampshire, about 72,000 adults aged 21 or older (7.5 percent) per year in 2009–2013 reported heavy alcohol use within the month prior to being surveyed.

Finding Addiction Treatment in New Hampshire

If you or a loved one is ready to conquer an addiction to drugs or alcohol, recovery is possible. Whether you live in New Hampshire or elsewhere, recoveryas.com can give you or your loved one the resources necessary to make a turnaround into lifelong sobriety. Call us today at 1 (877) 968-6283 and we will help locate a facility that offers the recovery treatments you need. With the right chemical addiction treatment, thousands of people are finding lasting freedom from their drug or alcohol dependency.

If your insurance coverage is with one of the following companies, recoveryas.com can help you find the help you need. We can work with any PPO coverage and also offer affordable self-pay and financing options for addiction treatment.