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Heroin in New Hampshire


The rise in heroin usage in Northern New England has reached alarming levels. Some attribute it to an epidemic in prescription drug abuse, where those addicted to painkillers like oxycodone can no longer afford those pills are switching to a cheaper alternative. In New Hampshire deaths from heroin have increased 6 to 7 times in the last decade. We’re looking at the increased problem of heroin addiction here in NH and what can be done about it.


  • Scott Hilliard- Merrimack County Sheriff
  • Dr. Ben Nordstrom – Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Addiction Services at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Tym Rourke- Director of Program and Substance Use Disorders for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment