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Heroin use is rising in New Hampshire

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, heroin is being used more and more often in New Hampshire and other states. In 2004 and 2005, only 1.2 percent of people polled said they had used the drug one or more times in their lives. In 2010 and 2011, just six years later, that number had gone all the way up to 3.3 percent. While that may still seem like a small number, it means that the total amount of usage has more than doubled -- and almost tripled -- in just a short time.

One thing that reports on this resurgence have tried to clear up is the idea that people who use heroin have to take needles and inject it into their bodies. While it certainly can be taken this way, it can also be smoked and it can be snorted. This means that even a person who hates needles may still try heroin.

Most people who use heroin start to do so when they are still very young. In fact, the average age at which users reported trying it initially is just 23.

The rise is in popularity of the drug is mirrored by a rise in the number of people looking for help. Reports show that state-funded programs saw a 90 percent increase in the amount of applicants for heroin assistance. Most of the increase came very recently, in just 2012 and 2013, meaning that the rise from 2004 to 2011 could still be in full swing.

Are you facing drug charges? If so, be sure that you know what rights you have to look into rehabilitation options.

Source: New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, "Heroin in New Hampshire: A Dangerous Resurgence" accessed Mar. 17, 2015

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