NH DHHS - Announces the Launching of Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Locator Website!

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human

Services’ (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) today announced

the launch of a new website directory for locating alcohol and other drug

treatment services in New Hampshire. The site, www.nhtreatment.org , was

developed to help New Hampshire citizens in need of substance abuse

treatment find available service providers.

According to BDAS Director Joe Harding, “This website is a valuable tool

and provides a much needed service. It will help individuals who are in

need of treatment find help and aid healthcare providers in locating

available services for individuals in their care. It also will enable

providers who provide treatment to easily register to list their services

on this website. We want individuals struggling with alcohol and drug

problems and their families to know that, although addiction is a

challenging health issue, treatment is available and recovery is possible.”

While there has been a reduction in the number of individuals reporting

non-medical use of prescription pain medication in New Hampshire, many of

these individuals have transitioned to using heroin as an alternative,

which is cheaper and more readily available. According to the New

Hampshire’s Medical Examiner’s Office, the number of heroin-related deaths

rose substantially between 2010 and 2013—from 13 to 70. Additionally,

emergency room visits related to heroin use more than doubled between 2012

and 2013. Consequently, the number of individuals seeking treatment has

also risen. In the last 10 years, the number of people admitted to

State-funded treatment programs rose by 90% for heroin use and by 500% for

prescription opiate abuse.

“The misuse of drugs in New Hampshire has been an ongoing challenge,” said

DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Service’s Director Joe Harding. “Not only

with prescription opiate and heroin use, but also with youth and young

adult substance use. Although the rates of misuse among youth and young

adults has gone down, New Hampshire still ranks in the top ten of all

states for alcohol use, binge drinking, marijuana use, prescription pain

reliever abuse, and alcohol or drug dependence. The good news is that there

are concerted and effective efforts underway to prevent alcohol and drug

problems and to dramatically expand the capacity for substance use

disorders treatment services in New Hampshire.”

The website www.nhtreatment.org  is also accessible from

www.nhcenterforexcellence.org  and www.drugfreenh.org . For more information

on substance misuse and addiction in New Hampshire, visit

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/index.htm .