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New Hampshire Drug Addiction

New Hampshire Drug Addiction


What Is Drug Abuse?

In New Hampshire, drug abuse does not just affect those in back alleys or at wild parties. Instead, it affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and ages. Examples of drugs abused in New Hampshire include heroin, cocaine, marijuana and crystal methamphetamine or crystal meth. Those who have fallen into New Hampshire drug addiction may use these street drugs individually or, more dangerously, in combination.


Statistics Related to New Hampshire Drug Addiction and Abuse

According to WMUR-9 in New Hampshire, 64 people died due to heroin abuse in 2013. An expert interviewed with the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services said that many people in New Hampshire who abuse heroin started by abusing pain pills.

“We understand there’s really an interplay that’s happening between prescription drug abuse, where people may no longer be able to access those drugs or afford them, who may then be switching to heroin to feed their habit,” says Joe Harding, Director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services.

According to a September 2015 Associated Press report, 102 people in Manchester, New Hampshire, had overdosed in the past 30 days. Ten deaths resulted from these overdoses. The 2014 New Hampshire drug overdose numbers had risen from 64 to 302.

In 2013, an estimated 1,540 people were admitted to state-funded treatment programs for heroin and prescription opiate abuse, according to the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services. Also, an estimated 224 New Hampshire residents sought treatment for heroin use at emergency rooms.

The drugs marijuana and cocaine are the third- and fourth-most drugs responsible for drug treatment admissions in New Hampshire, according to the White House Drug Control Update. Marijuana was responsible for nearly 600 drug treatment admissions while cocaine was responsible for more than 300 admissions.


Commonly Abused Drugs

  • Cocaine

Cocaine is a drug made from coca plant leaves that grow in South America. When a person uses cocaine, he or she may experience a burst of energy, unexplained euphoria and extreme talkativeness. Cocaine can also affect a person physically, causing raised blood pressure and heart rate.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies cocaine as a Schedule II drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse but has some medical uses when administered by a doctor in a controlled environment. Other drugs that are in Schedule II include prescription opiates like oxycodone or hydrocodone.

Cocaine is highly addictive because it creates a fast and intense high when used due to an increase in the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine in a person’s brain, creating a highly pleasurable effect. Because the drug offers a short-acting high, a person may try to use more and more to achieve a long-lasting or greater high, leading to a vicious cycle of abuse.

Cocaine is a deadly drug to abuse. It causes a number of effects on the heart, brain and gastrointestinal system. Those who abuse cocaine can experience a heart attack or stroke, both of which can be deadly.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms include agitation, restlessness, increased appetite, unpleasant dreams, fatigue, depression and strong cravings. According to the National Institutes of Health, these cravings can last several months if a person has a history of heavy drug use.


  • Heroin

Heroin is an opioid or pain-relieving drug that is highly abused in the state of New Hampshire. The drug attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, which causes symptoms such as slowed breathing, euphoria, heavy-feeling extremities, flushed skin and extreme drowsiness. 

Heroin is a Schedule I drug meaning that it has no known medical purpose and is highly addictive. Examples of other Schedule I drugs include peyote, GHB and bath salts.

Heroin is highly addictive due to the euphoria it causes. This can lead to a person craving the high and having difficulty experiencing the same euphoria or joy from any other non-illegal activity a person used to enjoy.

Health risks from heroin abuse can include overdose, collapsed veins, constipation, stomach cramping, increased incidence of pneumonia and intravenous drug-related infections, such as HIV and hepatitis. Additionally, some heroin is “cut” or mixed with deadly substances, such as poisons and hazardous chemicals.

Prescription medications are available in a medically monitored environment to help a person who experiences difficulty with heroin abuse. Examples of these medications include methadone and Suboxone. Withdrawals from heroin can cause extreme cravings, depression, restless legs, cold chills, sleeplessness and intense nausea.


  • Crystal Meth

Methamphetamines or crystal meth is a stimulant drug that increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. While this effect is similar to that of cocaine, methamphetamine has a higher amount of dopamine created.

Like cocaine, crystal meth is a Schedule II drug. Although a doctor may prescribe it in rare instances, it is highly addictive. The medical use for the drug is to treat attention hyperactivity disorder.

Symptoms a person may be abusing methamphetamines includes weight loss, skin sores, poor dental hygiene, increased anxiety, confusion, difficulty sleeping and mood disturbances. Chronic crystal meth abuse can lead to psychosis, which includes paranoia, hallucinations and delusions. Crystal meth use can lead to brain changes, which can affect thinking, memory and emotion. If a person abuses meth via intravenous use, he or she is at increased risk for infections including hepatitis B, HIV and infections of the heart lining.

Crystal meth is very addictive because it produces a more significant and longer-lasting “high” high than that other stimulants, such as cocaine. Also, it causes brain changes that cause a person to lose control over his or her use of a particular drug.

While there are no medications available to help a person recover from withdrawals from the drug, there are counseling and behavioral health approaches that can help a person learn how to live a life free from drug abuse.


Seek Help Today

You do not have to fight addiction alone. If you have fallen victim to New Hampshire drug addiction, seeking treatment can help you turn your life around. Call an addiction specialist today.