CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's medical and law enforcement communities say when it comes to heroin, prevention is the best strategy, but treatment works and recovery is possible.
The state Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services released a report Wednesday describing how use of the highly addictive drug is reaching epidemic proportions in New Hampshire and across the country.
The number of people admitted to state-funded treatment programs for heroin addiction has grown by 90 percent in the last decade, with the sharpest increase between 2012 and last year, and the number of overdose deaths also has risen.
Officials say the increase may be due in part to people who are addicted to prescription pain medications switching to heroin because it is cheaper and more available.
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