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NH1 News Investigates the Ugly Truth: A first-hand look in Manchester at the NH heroin epidemic


MANCHESTER - The heroin epidemic is something many people hear about but it is rarely ever seen first-hand.

Manchester Detective Aaron Brown and Matt Jajuga patrol the streets of Manchester almost every day, waiting for heroin overdoses.

"We've seen over the last couple of years just the absolute boom of heroin in this city," said Detective Jajuga.

As officers patrol the city's heroin hot spots everyday, the detectives often see frequent buyers.

Megan Bowers, found passed out of the streets of Manchester, was one of them.

Bowers, 28, has lived on the streets since her addiction became too powerful. Bowers, who has three children, overdosed in front of her 7-year-old son.

"He doesn't know what's going on. He's too young," Bowers said.

Even though she now sleeps on the streets and benches of Victory Park, she still cannot stop doing heroin.

"I love it. I love it. I love the feeling," Bowers said. "It's like an orgasm. I can't tell you any different. You stick that needle in your arm or wherever, and that rush you get, it's the best feeling in the world this warm fuzzy feeling you forget about everything."

Often, the Manchester police face old heroin addicts while chasing new cases on the streets.

Police credit 85 percent of the Queen City's crime on drugs.

Tomorrow, NH1 News Investigates the number of Manchester users and dealers and how the gangs feed the city's drugs.


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