Substance Misuse Overview
Substance misuse impacts individuals, families, and communities throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Northern New England is experiencing one of the most significant public health crises in history in the current opioid overdose epidemic. Although the escalating loss of life associated with opioid misuse puts the spotlight on opioids, alcohol is also a commonly misused substance in our region.
Many people and organizations in our region are actively working to prevent and treat substance misuse. This is a top priority across community needs assessments. This section will share some of those stories, but will fall short of capturing the extent of the regional efforts to address substance misuse. There are many opportunities to be involved in this work on national, regional, state, county, town, or school level and in our own families and lives. There is a role for everyone.
More information on substance misuse in NH and VT
New Hampshire – prevention and treatment resources
Vermont – prevention and treatment resources
Substance Misuse – Data Trends
source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. BRFSS Prevalence & Trends Data [online]. 2015. [accessed Feb 22, 2018]. URL: https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence/