Conference explores role of science in opioid crisis in NH
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College researchers say New Hampshire's disproportionately high rate of opioid overdoses stems from several factors, including prescription practices, the shortage of treatment funding and availability and the proximity to the supply chain.
Lisa Marsch, director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, on Tuesday presented the findings of a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to explore why deaths from synthetic opioids — mainly fentanyl — increased 1600 percent from 2010 to 2015.
Researchers interviewed recent consumers of fentanyl about their trajectory of drug use and their experiences with overdoses and treatment, as well as first responders and emergency department workers.
Their recommendations include increased public funds targeting substance use, expanded prevention programs in schools, needle exchange programs and greater availability of medication-assisted treatment.