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. We’ll find out what’s fueling this increase, how it’s affecting our region and different strategies states are adopting to combat it.
It came as a surprise to many people when Vermont's governor recently devoted his entire 2014 State of the State address to what he called a "full-blown heroin crisis."
While it may not fit Vermont's bucolic image, the state's addiction problem has long been acknowledged. And as the state has expanded treatment, it's also been coming to grips with one of the most difficult and emotional aspects of the issue: addicted mothers.
Portsmouth police say they've made a ninth arrest in connection with a months-long heroin ring investigation. The ninth suspect--21-year old Chelsea Glover of Milton--was arrested Friday night on charges of selling heroin. She was being held on $5,000 bail. Seven other people have been charged with felony-level drug offenses. One was charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
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.