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?
New Hampshire ranks 5th in the nation for binge drinking and regular marijuana use among young adults. That’s according to numbers released this month by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. But the federal government has awarded some communities grants to focus on prevention.
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.