If you have questions about the program contact Captain David A. Terlemezian at 603-742-4646.
Opioids are substances that are used to treat pain. There are legally prescribed forms and there are illegal opioids. Heroin is an illegal opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine. It is a highly addictive drug that acts as a depressant and slows the body’s functions. Fentanyl is a highly potent opioid that can be legally prescribed in carefully measured doses but it can also be illegally mixed with heroin, or abused on its own. The potency of the heroin, especially when mixed with fentanyl can cause an overdose, many of which have been fatal.
For many, opioid addiction starts with a prescription opioid that is either prescribed to them or obtained illegally.
In the last few years the seacoast area of NH, along with regions across the country, has seen a significant increase in the number of users and consequences related to use. As of October of 2016 there have been 11 fatal drug overdoses and nearly 50 non-fatal overdoses in Dover.
For more information on heroin and other drugs, visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
The Dover Police Department and Dover Coalition for Youth committed to a comprehensive and compassionate response to the heroin crisis. We want to improve the community’s understanding of the problem and we will help anyone struggling with addiction to get connected with treatment and recovery resources. We have developed a comprehensive strategy to help address the heroin crisis our community is facing. In addition to the Community Access to Recovery Program described above, the plan includes:
SOS Recovery Community Organization works to reduce stigma and harm associated with addictive disorders by providing safe space and peer-based supports for people in all stages of recovery. They currently have centers open in Rochester and Durham. For more info visit http://straffordrecovery.org/