Opiate abuse, especially heroin abuse, became a major medical and political threat in New Hampshire in 2014, causing leaders to try to frantically find an answer to combat the issue. The issue was large enough that Governor Maggie Hassan brought it up in her State of the State speech earlier in the year.
Governor Hassan said that the state has one of the highest concentrations of alcohol and drug abuse, but is near the lowest in terms of finding and providing treatment. She said that the use of heroin is increasing in the state and was the main cause of death from drug overdose in 2012.
According to a report from New Hampshire’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 911 drug overdose calls have almost tripled since 2011, and deaths from overdoses this past year were roughly 5 times the number of overdoses in 2010.
John Barthelmes, the Commissioner of New Hampshire’s Safety Department, called for greater access to intranasal naloxone, a potentially life-saving antidote for heroin overdose victims.
Known by its brand name, Narcon, naloxone is used by state emergency workers who are given special training. In 2010, it was successfully administered and reversed over 10,000 drug overdoses across the nation.
In nearby states, others including the police, fellow drug users, and relatives of users have successfully used naloxone as emergency treatment. In New Hampshire, however, only emergency workers that had advanced training have been allowed to administer a drug that helps stop heroin overdoses – naloxone.
Barthelmes is focusing on broadening access to allow fire and police officials to be able to administer naloxone in crises while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive on the scene. In his report to Governor Hassan, Barthelmes suggested simplifying the steps and setting up standards for training on how to use naloxone.
While naloxone may indeed be almost miraculous when it comes to overdose treatment, more needs to be done to combat the drug epidemic and the toll it takes on individuals, governments, and the economy.
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