Opioid Misuse Response in NH

The NH DHHS issued a health alert update on September 2, regarding the opioid misuse response in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services health alert networkKey Points and Recommendations:

  • New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the United States, which is largely driven by opioids, including prescription pain relievers and illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.
  • Healthcare providers should review the attached Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HAN which alerts healthcare providers to a sharp increase in drug overdose deaths nationally due to illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) which has been distributed in counterfeit pills, mixed with heroin, or sold as heroin.
  • Healthcare providers can take advantage of available resources in New Hampshire for treating patients with substance misuse disorders by utilizing the 2-1-1 phone line, connecting patients with treatment resources at http://nhtreatment.org, and promoting the NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line (1-844-711-HELP).
  • Healthcare providers should also consider prescribing the opioid antagonist naloxone for patients who are at risk of opioid overdose and/or family and friends who may respond to an overdose event. Due to the emergence of IMF, which is significantly more potent than morphine, multiple doses of naloxone may be needed per overdose event.
  • For questions, please contact the NH DHHS Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services at 603-271-6110.

Full DHHS Alert