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.
Ralph Demicco still remembers the “sinking feeling” nine years ago when he learned that three customers who had purchased guns from his Hooksett shop had used them to kill themselves — all unrelated deaths and all within a six-day period.
State health officials expect to double the number of children with serious behavioral problems who get “wraparound” services such as peer support, in-home counseling and respite care, after the federal government approved a change in the state’s Medicaid plan.
CONCORD — Members of the public got the chance Monday evening to weigh in on how the state should spend nearly $23 million in federal funds coming to New Hampshire to address the opioid crisis this fall — and they had plenty of ideas.
PORTSMOUTH - There's a happy hum in the basement of the North Church Parish House when a visitor arrives on a recent mid-summer morning. Two women step forward with broad smiles of welcome; across the room, several people are busy on computers, but they, too, look up and smile.
MANCHESTER — It was a rare moment of optimism, amid all the bad news about the opioid epidemic, as leaders on the front line of the crisis gathered at Manchester Health Department Wednesday to talk about what’s going well.
MANCHESTER -- A client arrives for an appointment with his therapist, anxious and stressed. He has a history of suicidal thoughts and hasn't been taking his medication, and the counselor decides it's not safe for him to go home.
MANCHESTER - The state's largest city is poised to start a syringe services program (SSP), which would provide clean needles, Narcan, testing for HIV and other diseases, and referrals to treatment for injection drug users.
More New Hampshire children are being removed from their parents’ care, living with grandparents and other relatives, and being assessed by the state for abuse and neglect — all as a result of the state’s opioid epidemic.