“Deaths from prescription painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. The number of overdose deaths is now greater than those of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.”
“It’s like a live horror movie, like there’s this monster plucking people away from their families. Not only do you hear about one (death) a day, you hear about several a day.”
Joanne Peterson, Executive Director of Learn to Cope, a Massachusetts support organization for families facing drug abuse.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declares a Public Health Emergency on March 27, 2014, in response to the growing opioid epidemic.
“If there is one holiday gift we can give this year, it is the gift of life and recovery. If you know someone who is struggling with drug abuse, help them get into treatment today. Give them the love and support they need to save their lives. These latest drug overdose numbers suggest that this epidemic is far from over. We need everyone to come together to stop this epidemic.”
Dr. Michael Fine, Director, Rhode Island Department of Health December 14, 2014
“Deaths attributable to heroin have seen a meteoric rise since 2011.”
“Heroin Tightens Grip on Maine”
Report shows heroin use reaching epidemic proportions in NH. Officials say treatment can work for addicts.
Heroin in New England, More Abundant and Deadly
“We know that approximately 100,000 NH citizens are in need of treatment for substance use disorders. We know that the rates of substance misuse by NH youth and young adults are some of the highest in the country. We know that substance misuse costs businesses more than $1 billion per year in lost worker productivity.”
— Linda Saunders Paquette, Executive Director of New Futures, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire.
The New Face of Heroin The explosion of drugs like OxyContin has given way to a heroin epidemic ravaging the least likely corners of America like bucolic Vermont, which has just woken up to a full blown crisis.
“The heroin addict who needs help in Connecticut is likely to be white, more suburban and often younger than the one in your mind’s eye, although they come in all sizes, shapes, ages and races. And odds are, he’s a guy — a guy who may have switched to heroin for economic reasons because it’s a cheaper high, after initially getting hooked on prescription narcotics in the home.”