drug abuse http://nhpr.org en N.H. Ranks High In Prescriptions For Addictive Painkillers http://nhpr.org/post/nh-ranks-high-prescriptions-addictive-painkillers <p>New Hampshire doctors are among the nation’s most prolific prescribers of Oxycontin and other opioids, according to <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm63e0701a1.htm?s_cid=mm63e0701a1_x">a government report released Tuesday</a> that analyzed the state-by-state use of highly addictive painkillers.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:43:13 +0000 Brian Wallstin 51175 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Ranks High In Prescriptions For Addictive Painkillers State Takes Next Step in Monitoring Prescription Drug Abuse http://nhpr.org/post/state-takes-next-step-monitoring-prescription-drug-abuse <p>The Executive Council has picked an Alabama company to begin collecting data that will help physicians and pharmacists identify patients who may be abusing prescription medications.</p><p>The five-year contract awarded to Health Information Designs is the next step in the state’s effort to set up a prescription drug monitoring program, or PMP.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Such programs are aimed at “doctor shopping,” in which patients visit multiple physicians for prescriptions that are then filled at different pharmacies. </span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:42:16 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50463 at http://nhpr.org Another Instance Of Drug Diversion At Exeter Hospital, Court Documents Show http://nhpr.org/post/another-instance-drug-diversion-exeter-hospital-court-documents-show <p>It’s been nearly two years since state health officials announced a major outbreak of hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital. The cause of that outbreak was what's known as drug diversion – a hospital worker stealing drugs and tainting syringes later used on patients.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:13:39 +0000 Brady Carlson 47609 at http://nhpr.org Another Instance Of Drug Diversion At Exeter Hospital, Court Documents Show Families In Transition Offers A Path To Stability http://nhpr.org/post/families-transition-offers-path-stability <div><a href="http://www.fitnh.org/" target="_blank">Families in Transition</a> provides safe, affordable housing and support services to families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The goal is to help people achieve self-sufficiency. Rebecca moved into Families in Transition housing when her youngest daughter was two months old.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“My life at that point was chaotic to say the least. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 04:18:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 46855 at http://nhpr.org Families In Transition Offers A Path To Stability Hillsborough County To Create Drug Court, But Will It Make A Dent? http://nhpr.org/post/hillsborough-county-create-drug-court-will-it-make-dent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>About 80%&nbsp;of the people behind bars in New Hampshire have substance abuse issues. It’s a growing problem and one way the justice system is trying to address the problem is with drug courts—where nonviolent offenders have their sentences suspended if they take part in treatment. Five counties now operate drug courts and efforts are underway to start two more in Manchester and Nashua. The program could help reduce recidivism rates.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 47273 at http://nhpr.org Hillsborough County To Create Drug Court, But Will It Make A Dent? 3.12.14: Andre Dubus III, Children's Books, South By Southwest, & Vermont's Heroin 'Epidemic' http://nhpr.org/post/31214-andre-dubus-iii-childrens-books-south-southwest-vermonts-heroin-epidemic <p><strong>Author Andre Dubus III talks about his new book "Dirty Love"</strong></p><ul><li>A successful professional hopes to win back his wife after proving her infidelity. A bank clerk crowding in on 30 and hoping for a family moves in with her compulsive, demeaning boyfriend.&nbsp; A bartender who fancies himself a poet cheats on his pregnant wife, and a pretty teenaged girl gets shamed on Youtube and reaches out for the promise of a new future and a new love on Skype. These characters all live in the faded beach towns and leafy suburbs of the New England coast. They are united by their clumsy attempts at connection and are the subjects of four loosely connected novellas in a new book called “Dirty Love” by<a href="http://andredubus.com/"> Andre </a><a href="http://andredubus.com/">Dubus</a> III. The national book award-winning author of “House of Sand and Fog” and “Townie” again presents gritty, frustrated lives on the skids of the American dream... <a href="http://www.nec.edu/award-winning-author-andre-dubus-iii-comes-to-nec/?searchterm=andre%20dubus">NOTE: Andre's reading and book signing at the New England College has been rescheduled to April 16th due to weather.</a> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:38 +0000 Word of Mouth 44964 at http://nhpr.org 3.12.14: Andre Dubus III, Children's Books, South By Southwest, & Vermont's Heroin 'Epidemic' Manchester Police Ensnare 30 Low-Level Heroin Dealers In Sweep http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-ensnare-30-low-level-heroin-dealers-sweep <p>Over the last two days, police in Manchester arrested 30 street-level heroin dealers. Three were on Wednesday and at least 27 on Thursday&nbsp;since 5 o’clock in the morning.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:23:34 +0000 Ryan Lessard 43897 at http://nhpr.org Manchester Police Ensnare 30 Low-Level Heroin Dealers In Sweep Northern New England’s Heroin Crisis http://nhpr.org/post/northern-new-england-s-heroin-crisis <p>Long a problem in New England and around the country, heroin has recently caused a rise in overdose deaths and drug-related crime, and increased concern over contamination.&nbsp; We’ll find out what’s fueling this increase, how it’s affecting our region and different strategies states are adopting to combat it.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:15:21 +0000 Laura Knoy 43445 at http://nhpr.org Northern New England’s Heroin Crisis Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care http://nhpr.org/post/meting-out-money-mental-health-care <p>With rising need and limited dollars, how best can we use funding? Should we add more acute care hospital beds, boost community services, focus on drug and alcohol treatment or diseases like schizophrenia?</p><p> <strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 38388 at http://nhpr.org Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care N.H. Groups Awarded Federal Grants For Substance Abuse Prevention http://nhpr.org/post/nh-groups-awarded-federal-grants-substance-abuse-prevention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire ranks </span>5<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the nation for binge drinking and regular marijuana use among young adults.&nbsp; That’s according to numbers <a href="http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2013/09-sept/09052013alcohol.htm" target="_blank">released this month</a> by the state’s <a href="http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/" target="_blank">Department of Health and Human Services</a>.&nbsp; But the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> federal government has awarded some communities grants to focus on prevention.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 34998 at http://nhpr.org Heroin in New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/heroin-new-hampshire <p>The rise in heroin usage in Northern New England has reached alarming levels. Some attribute it to an epidemic in prescription drug abuse, where those addicted to painkillers like oxycodone can no longer afford those pills are switching to a cheaper alternative. In New Hampshire deaths from heroin have increased 6 to 7 times in the last decade. We’re looking at the increased problem of heroin addiction here in NH and what can be done about it.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 29393 at http://nhpr.org Heroin in New Hampshire