Small New Hampshire Town Battles Drug Crisis
Raymond, NH is a picturesque small town just east of Manchester – but it has its share of big city problems.
In a recent survey, officials at Raymond High School were heartened by a decline in the use of heroin among their students – dropping from 6% to 2% from the previous year.
However, the overall drug use trends raised some concerns.
Survey results showing a sharp increase in teen marijuana use were revealed at a Raymond Coalition for Youth Prevention Summit on Friday, but leaders were encouraged by a drop in other forms of drug use.
Over the past two years the coalition has made a big push to fight prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic.
“Those numbers have taken a nosedive, so we’re very excited about that,” said Celeste Clark, executive director of the coalition, which is in its 15th year.
The coalition formed a heroin drug task force last year – the same year that Raymond reported nine deaths related to heroin and/or fentanyl.
The coalition has since brought more services and resources into the community to address heroin and fentanyl abuse.
Read more at the Union Leader.
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