Kuster addresses drug abuse epidemic at Newport Roundtable
“In the mid to late 90s we had our first spike,” Scott said. “But it has reemerged.”
Just last week a New Jersey man was arrested in Lebanon after he was found with $30,000 worth of heroin, Scott said.
Liz Hennig, coordinator for Communities United Regional Network of Sullivan County, told Kuster there needs to be more drug abuse education in the schools.
Ed Rajsteter, executive director of Headrest, said he knows from his experience with the Grafton County Drug Court that in New Hampshire drug courts are county funded and when the funding runs out program participants drop out, which means they have to enter jail, he said. Other states fund at the state level, he said.
Sandy Gassett, a parent educator with Good Beginnings of Sullivan County, said she works with young mothers who are trying to overcome addiction and often find an underlying mental health or abuse trauma issue is behind their addiction. She said even when there is funding for programs there is a gap between a request for help and that treatment. One mother of a newborn she worked with had to wait three months before receive mental health care.
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