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North Country fights lonely battle against addiction

August 26, 2019


RATES OF ADDICTION WITH FEW RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. FOR A LONG TIME, THE STRUGGLE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY HAS BEEN ABOUT THE ECONOMY. OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, RECOVERY HAS GAINED A NEW MEANING CARE.>>IT IS THE STRONGEST HOLD I HAVE EVER BEEN UNDER. IT TAKES YOUR LIFE. IT MAKES EVERY CHOICE FOR YOU.>>KEITH PARKER GOT HOOKED ON HERO IN 2014 AND IS SLOWLY CONSUMED HIS LIFE.>>I WAS A WALKING ZOMBIE. IT HELPED ME NOT THINK ABOUT THINGS I DID NOT WANT TO THINK ABOUT.>>BERLIN IS MOR THAN 100 MILES FROM THE BORDER OF MASSACHUSETTS, THE SOURCE OF MUCH OF THE ILLEGAL DRUGS. THIS TOWN HAS NOT BEEN OVERLOOKED BY THE DEALERS SEEKING TO TURN ADDICTION INTO PROFIT. THIS DETECTIVE OF THE BERLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING DRUG CRIMES IN HIS HOMETOWN. ON A DAILY BASIS.>>IT IS TOUGH. MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, THE DAYS OF PLAYING STREET HOCKEY OUTSIDE AND HAVING A GOO TIME, YOU CAN SEE THE DYNAMICS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD’S CHANGING.>>HE AN OTHERS ARE FIGHTING TO STOP THOSE CHANGES BUT IT IS AN UPHILL BATTLE.>>THE QUESTION IS, WHO WILL PAY FOR IT. HOPE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE RECOVERY OPENED A NEW CENTER.>>THIS IS THE ONLY SPOT FOR RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES IN THIS AREA.>>WORKING OUT OF A FORMER GROCERY STORE, HOPE IS TAKING ON THE DRUG CRISIS ONE PERSON AT A TIME BUT IT CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH.>>IF SOMEONE IS IN AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CRISIS, MY ONLY OPTION IS TO TE THEM TO FIND TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO A SAFE STATION. ALL THE WAY DOWN IN MANCHESTER. THE 2 HOUR DRIVE CAN BE A HIGH HURDLE.>>THE CHALLENGE IS DISTANCE. THERE IS SO MUCH DISTANCE HERE BETWEEN US AND THE RESOURCES THAT WE CAN GIVE TO PEOPLE.>>KEITH PARKER IS NOW THE LEAD. RECOVERY COACH. — IS NOW THE LEAD PEER RECOVERY COACH.>>EVERYONE DESERVES A CHANCE BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS.>>THE ROAD TO RECOVERY IS LONG AND MUST BE TRAVELED DAILY BY THOSE SEEKING TO OVERCOME ADDICTION. IF YOU ARE IN THE NORTH COUNTRY AND NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF DRUG TREATMENT, IT CAN TAKE A WHILE TO GET THERE.>>COASH COUNTY HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF OVERDOSE IN THE STATE BUT WE HAVE THE LEAST ACCESS TO RECOVERY RESOURCES. “FRIENDSHIP HOUSE” HAS 30 BEDS BUT WAS FORCED TO SHUT DOWN 12 OF THEM DUE TO NEW MEDICAL FACILITY REGULATIONS. FOR THOSE THAT ARE STILL OPEN, THERE IS A 4-6 WEEK WAITLIST.>>WE ARE OPEN STATEWIDE. WE ARE SEEING PEOPLE COMING FROM MANCHESTER AND OVER.>>JUSTIN CAME FROM DERRY. THIS IS HIS THIRD TIME IN TREATMENT. JOHN THOMPSON SAYS THE STRUGGLE TO GET IN IS DAUNTING.>>WHEN YOU ARE CALLING TO REACH OUT TO HELP, TO BE TOLD THAT YOU HAVE TO WAIT IS DEVASTATING. IT COULD BE A DEATH SENTENCE.>>THOMPSON AND OTHERS WORRY ABOUT LEAVING FRIENDSHIP HOUSE KNOWING THEY COULD HAVE TO MOVE FURTHER SOUTH TO GAIN ACCESS TO RESERVES IS.

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