- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As the number of heroin-related deaths and hospital visits rise in New Hampshire, health officials have started a website directory for locating drug treatment services in the state.

The site, www.nhtreatment.org, was developed to help people in need of alcohol and drug abuse treatment find available service providers.

Joe Harding, director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, said the site also will enable providers who provide treatment to easily register to list their services.

The bureau says while there has been a reduction in the number of people 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.

The New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office says the number of heroin-related deaths rose from 13 to 70 from 2010 to 2013. Emergency room visits related to heroin use more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. Consequently, the number of people seeking treatment has also risen. In the last decade, the number of people admitted to state-funded treatment programs rose by 90 percent for heroin use and by 500 percent for prescription opiate abuse.

“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,” Harding said.

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