MANCHESTER —The patient was just 18 and seriously ill when she came to the emergency room at Catholic Medical Center in the summer of 2015. Tests showed she had endocarditis, a dangerous infection of the lining and valves of the heart.
Natacha Davis stood before 300 people at a Valentine's Day first responders breakfast and told them how the caring she found at a Nashua fire station last year helped her to finally overcome the substance use disorder she had struggled with for years. Organizers of the third annual benefit, sponsored by Harbor Homes and Keystone Hall, were hoping to raise $100,000 for the city's Safe Stations program.
Chronic pain patients say they have been silent victims of the deadly opioid epidemic, as doctors and insurers decide to “taper” their prescription pain medications, or cut them off entirely. Now some are breaking their silence.
Patients who have relied on prescription painkillers say they have been caught up in well-meaning, but misguided, efforts by government agencies, doctors, pharmacists and insurance companies to reduce the amount of opioids being prescribed.
CONCORD — A new state advisory council will use New Hampshire insurance claims data to analyze prescribing patterns for opioids going back more than a decade, in an effort to prevent a future addiction crisis in the state.
Organizations that serve needy kids are seeing a spike in the number of children affected by the state’s drug epidemic. And they’re responding with special programs to support and nurture these youngsters.
CONCORD — New survey data shows that half of all New Hampshire adults have experienced at least one “adverse childhood experience,” such as parental drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence or sexual abuse.
By his own account, Chris Sprague had a happy childhood. He grew up in a good home and vowed that he would never drink or take drugs. Then his father died and Sprague fell in with friends who did both. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he was addicted to opioids and had lost everything he h…
The state is hiring staff to help businesses become "recovery-friendly" workplaces. But some companies are already doing that on their own, and they say individuals in recovery can be their most loyal employees.
Caitlin Harty of Manchester says she knows she won't get rich going into the human services field. And she knows that counseling individuals who struggle with addiction can be stressful, sometimes frustrating, work.
CONCORD — Some pretty important people — the governor, a former Supreme Court justice and a hospital CEO, to name a few — were at the State House for Monday’s official unveiling of a poster campaign to raise awareness of mental health in the schools.