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Drug charges filed against 2 alleged opioid users in public parks

The public parks in Manchester were the scene for the arrest of two New Hampshire men in two recent separate incidents within 24 hours. In one case, the suspect was allegedly shooting heroin in open view in front of Bronstein Park. A police officer performed a consensual search and reportedly found a hypodermic needle with a substance consistent with heroin. Police arrested the man on drug charges, including possession, an outstanding warrant and a probation violation.

In the second case, police and medical responders went to Ball Island Park on an overdose call that was apparently communicated by the suspect's family. The second incident involved a 20-year-old male who had reportedly overdosed twice that day, according to his family. They expressed worry that the next incident would be fatal. Police say that they found suboxone strips in the man's possession, but he could not produce a prescription.

They arrested him for possession, but he was released later that day on a $1,500 bail. Assuming that the events reported with respect to the 20-year-old man are essentially accurate, the facts illustrate a common problem in the so-called opioid epidemic that is haunting families and law enforcement alike. In this case, the events may prove to have a life-saving outcome, especially with family members apparently supporting the man's welfare.

That he has now been inducted into the criminal justice system in New Hampshire is not necessarily a bad outcome, depending on how the case is handled going forward. If the arrest for drug charges is used to place the man into a court-ordered residential rehab program, he may be able to detoxify and return to a productive life with the assistance of intensive therapeutic intervention. It is hoped that the authorities, criminal defense counsel and the man's family can collaborate for the recovery of the disabled young man. When then system is able to respond to similar circumstances by seeing an addict as suffering from a medical condition needing critical care, there may be hope for getting the problem under control.

Source: unionleader.com, "Drug arrests at two Manchester public parks in 24 hours", Aug. 3, 2017

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