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Drug Rehab New Hampshire

Located in the New England region of the United States, New Hampshire was named after the English county of Hampshire. Residents enjoy a long list of outdoor recreational activities including skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, mountaineering and motor sports (e.g. motorcycle rallies). The state motto is "Live Free or Die", referring to the state's aggressive stance on independence. The United States Census Bureau reports that New Hampshire is home to an estimated 1,326,813 residents as of July 2014. In 2010, the United States Census reported 93.9 percent of New Hampshire residents were white; with many of them being of French, French Canadian and Irish decent.

While the state has many beautiful and scenic landscapes, there remains a darker underside to New Hampshire. Dominican drug trafficking organizations and other various factions have formed lucrative illicit drug markets in the state supplying New Hampshire with a wide variety of dangerous substances. Heroin and other opiates have become the greatest drug threat to the state in recent years. Additionally, marijuana drug trafficking and cultivation is a serious concern in the state. State law enforcement officials have cracked down on many of New Hampshire's ports and coastal areas to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the state.

Similar to other states in the northeastern part of the United States, one of New Hampshire's greatest drug threats is heroin. Over the past two decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of heroin addiction cases in the state. This is due to the drugs increased purity, lowered cost and widespread distribution throughout New Hampshire. The two most common types of heroin found in New Hampshire are Southeast Asian heroin and Mexican "Black Tar" heroin. The drug is often smuggled into the state through Boston and New York City by migrant workers. With the increased accessibility and affordability, heroin has become the leading reason for drug rehab admissions in the state.

During 2013, an estimated 1,202 residents enrolled in New Hampshire drug rehab programs citing heroin addiction as their reason for receiving treatment. This portion of the drug rehab admissions in 2013 made up 26 percent of all individuals receiving treatment in the state. 54.9 percent of those admitted for heroin addiction during 2013 in New Hampshire were male and 45.1 percent were female. The largest age group in New Hampshire drug rehab programs during 2013 for heroin addiction was between the ages of 21-25 years old (35.6 percent). The second largest group receiving treatment for heroin addiction in New Hampshire during 2013 was between the ages of 26-30 years old (29.2 percent).

Due to the state's escalating heroin addiction problem, many drug rehab programs have been created in New Hampshire to help the state's residents. There are a number of different methods of heroin addiction recovery available including medical detox, drug replacement medication, rapid detox, inpatient programs, residential treatment and a variety of alternative addiction treatment methods. While there is no one specific type of recovery method for heroin addiction that will work for each and every individual, addiction specialists recommend a minimum of ninety days in a residential or inpatient program once the person has completed their heroin withdrawal process. This extended time frame allows the recovering individual to experience life clean and sober in a safe environment where they can focus on their recovery and receive around the clock supervision. Choosing to complete only the withdrawal and detox process does little to prepare the addicted individual for life without heroin.

The second largest group to enroll in New Hampshire drug rehab programs citied alcohol addiction as their reason for receiving treatment. During 2013, an estimated 1,046 residents enrolled in New Hampshire drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs for alcohol addiction problems. This portion of New Hampshire's drug rehab admissions made up 22.6 percent of all those receiving treatment during 2013. Of this portion of New Hampshire's drug rehab enrollments, 64.9 percent were male and 35.1 percent were female. The largest age group to go into alcohol rehab during 2013 in New Hampshire was between the ages of 46-50 years old (16 percent). The second largest group to enroll in New Hampshire alcohol rehab programs during 2013 was between 41-45 years old and 51-55 years old.

The intensity of one's alcohol addiction is determined by several factors: how long they have been drinking habitually, the amount they consume, whether they body is physically dependent on alcohol and how psychologically addicted they are to the substance. With these factors in mind, an addiction specialist will be able to determine the best form of alcohol addiction treatment to achieve lasting sobriety. New Hampshire has many effective alcohol rehab programs located throughout the state ranging from outpatient care to more intensive inpatient or long-term residential treatment.

State law enforcement agencies have seen an increase in the use, abuse and addiction to prescription drugs. New Hampshire drug rehab programs have noted an increase over the years in residents enrolling in programs citing "other opiates" as their reason for receiving treatment. This category includes admissions for non-prescription use of methadone, codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, meperidine, opium, and other drugs with morphine-like effects. The most commonly abused prescription drugs in the state are OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Diazepam, Lortab and Xanax. Residents acquire their prescription medications through a number of different sources including: dishonest physicians, pharmacy thefts and the unregulated sale of these medications over the Internet. In addition to these methods of obtaining prescription drugs, much of New Hampshire's illegal prescription inventory is smuggled into the state from Mexican cartels.

New Hampshire drug rehab programs enrolled 922 residents during 2013 that cited other opiates as their reason for receiving treatment. This made up 19.9 percent of all the drug rehab admissions in the state during that year. 54.1 percent of these admissions for other opiate addiction problems during 2013 were male and 45.9 percent were female. The largest age group to enroll in New Hampshire drug rehab programs during 2013 was between the ages of 21-25 years old (27.8 percent). The second largest group to enroll in New Hampshire drug rehab programs during 2013 was between the ages of 26-30 years old (25.5 percent).

Due to the nature of prescription drug addiction, residents are urged to receive medical detoxification prior to enrolling in drug rehab. The process of medical detox helps the recovering individual slowly tapper down their prescription dosage until they are no longer dependent on it. Once medical detox is complete, the individual will need to receive drug rehabilitation treatment to help them learn to live the clean and sober lifestyle they are working to achieve.


New Hampshire Drug Statistics

1. In April, 2009, the Task Force reported the confiscation of 45 kilograms of Cocaine and about a quarter of a million dollars from 7 suspected gang members in an attractive suburban home outside Manchester, New Hampshire.

2. There are more deaths each year accredited to prescription medication and drug-related deaths than to car accidents, young adults rank 2nd highest among the country in reporting non-medical use of painkillers, and 1 in 5 New Hampshire teens have abused prescription medications.

3. In New Hampshire, 20 percent of teenagers have abused prescription medications, and over the last 10 years prescription medication abuse in New Hampshire has risen 200 percent.

4. The New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner's Office said that, in 2009, more New Hampshire residents died from drug overdoses (164) than car wrecks (110).

5. Based on 2007 statements from the Drug Abuse Warning Network, 3 counties in the southern part of New Hampshire state (Rockingham County, Strafford County and Hillsborough County) experienced 89 deaths and 21 suicides in which drug abuse was involved.

6. In New Hampshire, by the time high school seniors graduate, 6 out 10 of them have smoked Marijuana, more than a 3rd are current abusers of the drug and about a 5th have used Cocaine.

Drug Facts
  • Cocaine enhances some effects of opioids such as heroin or prescription opioids and reduces what would be considered negative effects of these drugs while maintaining the "rush" induced by heroin use.
  • Individuals who produce PCP put the drug in a variety of medicines or capsules.
  • There are instances of individuals under the influence of Ambien engaging in activity such as driving, eating, or making phone calls and later having absolutely no memory of the activity.
  • Research among college youth indicates that those who use hashish have poorer relationships with parents, and more associations with delinquent and drug-using friends.