NHI Editorials


Booze, Bets, Butts, and Beer NH Has An Addiction Problem, Who Knew?

NH is all about addiction! Our main revenue streams are from Booze, Bets, Butts, and Beer with Buds soon to be added. So why are we shocked that there are a number of people using heroin. It is currently one of the cheapest of the addictions, a lot of that savings is due to the fact the State of NH hasn’t managed to add on taxes to the product.

Perhaps that is the real solution, make it all legal and tax the hell out of it. Any politician that claims they are concerned with the addiction factor is lying, or else they would have voted to make all the above illegal and not the center piece of our taxing strategy!

It wasn’t addiction to heroin that called attention to this issue, we have had heroin around for many years, and no one stepped up and called it an epidemic. Now that young adults are dying from overdoses of ‘bad’ heroin it is suddenly a crisis. Reality is the overdosing problem is a quality control problem and has little to do with addiction. ‘Bad’ heroin is showing up on the streets. This is either stronger than the average user is accustomed to or it has been cut with other potentially lethal drug combinations such as Fentanyl.  The users are using the same amount they always used but now they are dying!

And we have a big election coming in 2016, so all the candidates are jumping on the bandwagon to ‘solve’ the problem.

All I’m saying is the Government caused the problem when they got between Doctors and their patients and regulated who could get opioid pain killers. This caused the patients to seek relief elsewhere. Now the government claims they can solve this problem by putting more barriers between Doctors and their Patients and of course a large sum of money, $11.1 million more thrown at the problem. Gov Hassan promises she has the answer. Gov Hassan has shown a unique ability to totally misunderstand the problem so her first reaction is more of the same crap that caused it in the first place.

I can only hope that the NH House and Senate will be able to step back and carefully consider the options and possible solutions. Gov Hassan shows her preference for Bird Shot, just scatter money everywhere and perhaps some of it will be beneficial.

Work Hard Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura

NHI Owner/Operator


Gov. Hassan’s Opioid Plan: Driving People to Heroin Use!

Yesterday I learned of Gov. Hassan’s plan to strictly regulate Opioids putting a 5 day limit on Opioid prescriptions. This is one of the dumbest ideas yet to control the heroin problem. Thinking she can reduce demand for heroin by taking away legitimate usage of “pain” medications. The opposite is sure to happen. Hasn’t she been paying attention, one of the biggest draws to heroin has been the stopping of the prescriptions for pain relief medication. The patient then seeks out other substances to relieve their pain.

There are a number of things that can be done. Causing the price to rise through law enforcement intervention is perhaps the best. Making proper dosages available while undergoing treatment could also work as each day the amount given is reduced until the patient is down to literally a minimal amount or nothing.

Making marijuana available and legal will also help, the biggest problem with this plan is it affects alcohol sales, which almost every State relies on for tax revenue. Note that for all the outrage about tobacco usage, no state has made it illegal to possess or use tobacco. Alcohol is the most abused drug causing the most deaths, including deaths of innocent people, yet nothing is ever done to restrict alcohol usage. No State wants to make alcohol illegal due to loss of tax revenue.

Finally if you are serious about fixing the drug problem then you have to start at the beginning. A serious effort to curb alcohol usage. Alcohol is not only the gateway drug for all the rest of the drugs it is also the companion drug for all other drugs. A heroin user waiting for his fix to be delivered will drink hard liquor as the buzz most resembles heroin. Alcohol also takes more lives than all the other drugs combined and it is not restricted to just the user, innocents are at risk from someone else’s use of alcohol. At least the so called “Heroin Epidemic” results in people taking their own lives, without jeopardizing the lives of innocent bystanders. 

Work Hard, Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura


Christie Proves He is a Bully Hypocrite!

Did you see Christie at the debate the other night? He interrupted Trump and Fiorina when they were discussing their business experiences, to tell them no one cares, the 50 yr. old construction worker doesn’t care about their resumes.

Then he went on to tell everyone what he had accomplished as Governor of New Jersey and as a federal prosecutor. That is, he reviewed his resume through rose colored glasses as if that same 50 yr. old construction worker probably a New Jersey union worker, cared about Christie’s record.

Further along he chastised Fiorina for interrupting him, proclaiming she had been doing it all night. That’s called projection Gov. Christie, when you place what you have been doing all night onto someone else.

Time for you (1% and sinking) to go back to Jersey to work your bully tactics. I have an idea why don’t you shut down a bridge or two to punish a mayor from the other party that won’t join with you. A move that punished thousands of Americans and made not one spec of a difference to the Mayor of Ft. Lee.

Work Hard Have Fun!

Bob DeMaura


Heroin Epidemic Part 3: Overdoses, A Quality Control Problem

There were over 300 heroin overdoses resulting in death last year in New Hampshire, not counting the overdoses that were reversed by injecting the victim with Narcan to counteract the effects of the heroin. This leads everyone to declare overdosing as the problem, it isn’t the problem, it is the symptom of the problem.

The real problem is due to the fact that heroin is illegal, thus there is no regulation or oversight over the formulation of the product. How many times has it been stepped on ie: diluted, cut with other substances? What other substances were used to step on the heroin?

The user can’t be sure how much heroin is in the packet he just purchased and what is the strength of the heroin. Is he getting 10% or 25% heroin? Does the packet include other opioids such as Percocet or Fentanyl? Has the user been out of the scene for a while such as at a rehab or in jail? How many of the OD’s are fresh from rehab and jail, thinking they will use the same amount as before only they have lowered their resistance making them susceptible to Od’ing.

How do we solve the problem of bad quality control? Some countries have gone so far as to have clinics available where registered addicts can go to get there daily fixes, using clean needles and a controlled amount. I don’t see that system gaining any traction in the USA.

Having Narcan available does help to limit the number of deaths though it is just treating the symptom. Amazing how many EMT’s report the victim comes out of the overdose raring mad that the EMT ruined his high, they are belligerent and sometimes violent. This puts our First Responders at risk of injury or even death. I personally am not comfortable giving Narcan to everyone including civilian family members, again treating the symptom. How do we ever get any of the addicts to rehabilitate if they are guaranteed to be safe using heroin?

Having law enforcement crackdown on heroin and other hard drug dealers is perhaps the best method. It will dry up the supplies causing the price to escalate. Be aware however as reported in previous essays the amount of money involved makes it nearly impossible to eliminate the drugs, with each arrest another person jumps in to fill the void.

I know I promised 3 essays on this subject, but it is just so large it will take a fourth (4) essay to wrap this up.

Bob DeMaura

NHInsider owner/operator


Heroin Epidemic Part 2: A Self Correcting Problem

Sadly, this is a very true situation. Eventually if the heroin user continues using they will become addicted. The end result is an early death either due to overdose or ‘natural’ death due to the many diseases that comes with addiction to harmful chemicals. These include Hepatitis B or C, Renal failures, auto accidents due to intoxication, and HIV/AIDS.

The downward spiral begins almost immediately with the first usage. Heroin creates such a euphoric state that it draws the user into ever increasing dosages.

Some will argue that these are really good people that went bad. My observations over time has been that they are not really nice people. They are entitled, selfish and self-centered.          If they were so nice you wouldn’t find needles in the children’s playgrounds.  These are the people that rob and steal from their family members, telling great lies to get the money needed to score a bag. These are the people that are breaking into your cars and houses, and will resort to arming themselves so they can hold-up anyone that appears to have more money than them. They were coddled, not allowed to experience disappointment or made to work for rewards. Personally, I think we can trace this back 30 years or so when it became ‘politically correct’ to give everyone a trophy, there were no longer tryouts everyone made the team, no one won as no score was kept. Then once they became of age to go out in the world they found out soon enough that the rest of the world was in fact keeping score.

The downward spiral is well along the way once they get arrested for the crimes they are committing. The arrests then make it hard for the addict to recover as they now have a record making it hard to get a job. This is a topic that needs more time but our current criminal justice system makes no allowance for good behavior after a crime. Even after the criminal has served his penalty he is punished further by having this follow him/her forever. I suggest Judges set a period of time after the penalties are paid that the arrest will stay open. If they remain crime free during this timeframe their record is sealed from public view.

So where do we go from here? Treatment centers are called for but what is the actual success rate?  It appears that very few stop on the first admission. It usually takes a number of admissions before any real progress is made, and then it is still just a small number that can return to their city or town and stay clean. When allocating money for heroin treatment perhaps it makes more sense to consider this a jobs program for the underemployed social service workers.

Why do treatments fail? Obviously the allure of euphoria is hard to deny, but there are other reasons as well. Many of these addicts see treatment center workers as a bunch of hypocrites, who proselytize to the addicts in treatment all the while going home using alcohol, pot or prescription drugs of many varieties. Then there is the desire to feel alive, live dangerously. They find it fulfilling to beat the cops, driving right by them while high as a kite and holding some quantity of drugs. It is thrilling to go deep into the inner city in the dangerous neighborhoods and score a bag and get out alive.

One has to wonder what a ‘straight’ social service worker can possible say to an addict to get them to stop if the threat of imminent death isn't enough?  That is why this is a self-correcting problem, eventually the addict will become so sick or experience a sudden death from overdosing removing them from the ranks of the addicted.

From my experience it is certainly emotionally draining to have a drug addict in the family. Emotions run high and low like a roller coaster ride of emotion. One emotion that is not readily admitted to but is certainly there in almost all overdose or deaths due to complications of drug use is relief. Relief that this is finally over and the family members, relatives and friends can once again start living their lives.