Increased heroin use has raised alarm in New Hampshire, and more than 400 people in the state died of drug overdoses in 2015 – a record high. Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, a revival of a similar but dormant group from the 1990s, started about two years ago to help people stay off drugs after getting sober. It opened the Manchester Recovery Community Center last summer.

Over the next year, NHPR will explore New Hampshire’s opioid crisis from several angles. A team of reporters will explain how people become addicted,  how prescription drugs like Vicodin and Oxycodone contribute to the rise in heroin use, and how state officials, from the governor to local police, are struggling with an epidemic that now kills more Granite Staters each year than traffic accidents. 

“Planning board members unanimously approved the request for a conditional use permit from developer Dick Anagnost for a reduction of parking and the use of public and controlled parking within 500 feet for the proposed addiction recovery center, which will house HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery and other nonprofit tenants.”

The show of support from the community was overwhelming!

“One of the best arguments for maintaining the state’s privileged first-in-the-nation status on the presidential primary calendar is that since the electorate here is so small, the candidates are compelled to really find out what’s on voters’ minds in face-to-face settings. If it weren’t for that direct interaction, the heroin issue may never have gained the visibility it has in the 2016 race.”

See the full story from the Huffington Post HERE

Hope for New Hampshire Recovery supporters spoke out at a Manchester Planning Board Meeting, calling for their approval of a project that’s already bringing private businesses and local government together in support and funding. Thank you to all that came and showed their support!

Melissa Crews, “Peer support works. People need to learn how to have fun. Peer to peer support works, wherever you find it. I’ll never stop telling that story, I hope you won’t either.”