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Jun 29, 2015 11:40 PM

On day of huge drug bust, NH police warn of heroin epidemic


MERRIMACK - Just hours after one of the biggest heroin busts in the city of Manchester's history, leaders from across southern New Hampshire said it's just a dent in the problem.

And for right now, at least, it’s an epidemic that seems to have no end in sight.

“This is a major problem,” said Lt. John Encarnacao of the New Hampshire State Police.

From New Hampshire's biggest cities to many of its smallest towns, the grip of heroin has taken hold.

“It's out of control,” Encarnacao said.

So on Monday night, the Merrimack police spearheaded a community discussion where leaders did their best to get the word out that we’re dealing with the epidemic that’s not going away.

That more people are overdosing.

That more people are dying.

And it’s happening practically everywhere you look.

Earlier in the day, Manchester police took more than $2 million worth of heroin and fentanyl off the streets which made its way from Lawrence, Mass., through several other Bay State cities and into the Queen City.

The bust may be big, but its affects are only temporary as dealers see this as a minor detour they know they can soon get around.

“I guarantee you within a week, people will be back up and running,” Encarnacao said.

Officials hope they can fight that through helping addicts, educating their families, and working with rehabilitation centers.

They hope this bust can at least do something.

“To have that huge seizure happen in a city that close to Merrimack it can't but have a positive impact,” said Merrimack Police Chief Mark Doyle.

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