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Winning the Drug Addiction Battle in New Hampshire

In any war, there are battles and there are campaigns. The key to being victorious in the war is to win more than you lose. This is also the case when an individual, (or a society) is fighting the war against opioid addiction. Becoming victorious in this fight will take a series of battles and will require efforts that are not that different than any other life and death battle. These battles must add up to successful campaigns and in the end, victory will be achieved.

Addiction doesn't develop overnight, it takes a long series of mistakes, some misplaced trust and a healthy amount of ignorance. (Naivete', to be kind). This is true of an individual OR of a society.

New Hampshire shouldn't be a battleground for Heroin take-over. But it is. The Granite State is third in the nation for per capita drug overdose deaths. Only West Virginia and New Mexico rank higher. Although other New England states have been struggling with their own drug addiction problems, they've been eclipsed by New Hampshire, especially in the opiates arena.

In a Concord Monitor report, New Hampshire medical Examiner, Thomas Andrew stated, "The stage was set with the prescription opiate problem. It cut such a wide swath through our population that when those folks switched over . . . to use heroin and ultimately fentanyl, with its increased potency came an increased death rate."

The analogy of this fight to war is apropos in that a lost fight with heroin or other opioid addiction can be and is usually fatal. But another way the comparison works is that when narcotic dependence begins to take hold, a very real battle is being waged right in the addict's life and body.

Every battle fought in a military campaign will compound into an overall victory or defeat. But individual battles seldom determine the eventual outcome. Here the analogy breaks down some. A single lost battle with opiate or alcohol addiction can mean total defeat and end life for the addict.

Addiction is progressive. The longer it persists, the stronger it becomes and the larger and more dangerous the dosages required will be.

When a person has been struggling with opioid addiction, to pills or to heroin, the longer they wait to seek and receive real, drug-free help, the more difficult and the more drawn out their recovery will be. So the time to seek actual rehabilitation is now.

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older in New Hampshire, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2010, 2011, and 2012 NSDUHs (Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

Over 100,000 New Hampshire residents need treatment, and less than 6,000 can receive it through our state-funded system.

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