NEW HAMPSHIRE’S OPIOID PROBLEM HAS CULMINATED IN THE “PERFECT STORM”
- March 29, 2019
If we were to ask you which parts of the country suffer from the most severe opioid problems (or drug problems, in general), what states would automatically come to mind? On one hand, you would probably consider more rural sections of the United States, such as the Deep South or the lower portion of California, Nevada, and New Mexico, given problems with synthetic drug shipments here. However, the fact of the matter is that the epicenters of the Opioid Crisis are located in pristine, clean, and high-end sections of the country, but perhaps one of the most surprising entries is New Hampshire. Did you know this state ranks as the second most severe hub for opioid addiction and death? Let’s take a closer look at the New England situation and see why officials are calling New Hampshire’s opioid problem is “the Perfect Storm.”
A Scourge upon Your Lands
Ultimately, the situation in this New England state is nothing short of tragic. Research has confirmed that New Hampshire currently tops the national record for the most deaths stemming from fentanyl, a painkiller that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which has taken the place of heroin and other dangerous opioids in its cities. Even President Donald Trump has labeled New Hampshire as a “drug-infested” pit of death, and officials across the state have become borderline obsessed with stopping the problem, with 53% of adult residents regarding drugs as the worst statewide issue that needs to be addressed.
Unlike rural West Virginia, the worst epicenter for the crisis, New Hampshire is a highly prosperous, well-to-do state that is academically and artistically significant and boasts a startlingly low crime right, making it harder for us to believe it could ever be one of the worst opioid dens in our country.
Why Is This Problem So Bad?
So why is New Hampshire suffering from so many problems related to opioids? Officials have speculated that the state is receiving the brunt of its painkillers (legal and illegal) from neighbor Massachusetts, a hub for drug trafficking throughout New England. Also, the fact that New Hampshire has a low per capita spending rate on addiction therapy doesn’t help in the least. Let’s also not forget that this state does not offer needle exchange programs and promotes the “Live Free or Die” motto, which young people may be translating poorly.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder is easily one of the most terrifying substance use disorders on the planet, mostly because opioid addiction partially stems from a large number of drugs that are legally regulated by the federal government. For decades, our country has suffered beneath the weight of dangerous synthetics and legal painkillers, and millions of Americans have suffered from addiction throughout the 20 years the crisis has been brewing. However, you can make the right decision by taking a stand against your addiction and regaining your health and happiness.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of opioid withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.