PRNDI News Documentary: Hope on the Front Lines

Mar 7, 2017

Hope on the Front Lines was a documentary focusing on the people and organizations working to make a difference on the front lines of New Hampshire's opioid crisis. Produced by NHPR's Morning Edition team, host Rick Ganley and producer Michael Brindley traveled the state to meet people on the ground level of a growing epidemic, doing what they can to help in their communities.  

 

  

 Story Map: Click the map pins to see story summaries, photos, and video from the series.

Jessica White is the founder of the advocacy group Keene Hates Heroin. She founded the group last year after losing several friends to overdoses.
Credit Michael Brindley for NHPR

Series Primer: How does Narcan Work? Click here to find out.

Video: Watch Kelly Riley and James Holloway talk about their experiences at Hope for N.H. Recovery

Hope on the Front Lines: Hope for N.H. Recovery from New Hampshire Public Radio on Vimeo.

Advocating for the Kids of Addicts

By Rick Ganley  

The drug crisis is taking a toll on New Hampshire’s families, as more and more parents accused of abuse or neglect are dealing with addiction issues.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire, or CASA, says nearly 70 percent of its cases last year involved families affected by substance abuse. Many of those cases involved parents addicted to heroin and opioids.

CASA volunteers advocate for abused or neglected children in the court system. Jennifer Westover of Concord is one of those volunteers; she’s worked on two cases that involved parents struggling with drug addiction.

She spoke with Morning Edition's Rick Ganley about her role in those cases.

Listen to the broadcast version of the interview:

Map: Click on each county to see how many of CASA's cases involved substance abuse in 2015.

For a better experience on Mobile, turn your devices sideways. (Data courtesy CASA of NH)

Video: Concord Hospital's holistic approach to treating babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome 

Hope on the Front Lines: Concord Hospital from New Hampshire Public Radio on Vimeo.