If you or someone you care about struggles with substance misuse, please know you are not alone, people care and they want to help. We encourage you to use this information for assistance. If you have any questions, please contact our office.   

 

  • For immediate assistance throughout the state please call The NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line, it is active 24/7 and a person will pick up:  1-844-711-HELP (4357) You may also visit their website for treatment, recovery and support service information: nhtreatment.org 
There are many options, and many paths, to recovery and support. 
  • Northern New England Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222.
  • Granite Pathways supports individuals with mental illness and addiction in building personal equity and achieving their life goals as valued members of their community.


ADDITIONAL HELPFUL links are listed at the bottom of this page. 



As you may know, the Raymond Coalition for Youth has formed a Heroin/Drug Task Force for our community. The purpose is:
  • To help break the stigma about addiction and substance misuse so those in need will seek services and resources.
  • To increase access to resources in our community to help individuals and families struggling with substance misuse and addiction.
We recognize that this concern is going to take all corners of our community working together to address it successfully and bring Hope and help to everyone effected by it.  The most successful and cost effective strategy is prevention. 


Take a look at the videos that members of our Heroin Task Force have produced, with the help of Raymond Community Television:




Medication Safety Tips:

Proper, safe disposal of medications helps to keep our community safe, but also protects our environment! 
Thank you to the Raymond Police Department for the availability of the medication disposal box in their lobby, available 24/7, and it's FREE. 
All contents of the box are incinerated. No need to remove labels from prescription bottles. Your privacy is guaranteed. 



Where to go for help?

If you or a family member is struggling, first and most importantly, we want you to know you are not alone and that people in our community care and understand.  While we continue to work to increase resources here to Raymond, we want you to know there are options out there to help.


For concern regarding Heroin or Opioid abuse Please reference this Resource Tree Map.  It will walk you through a variety of options and places to call. Below it are several support group options as well that are in and around our area.  



Online links for Opioid Facts:


Millions of Americans take opioid drugs routinely for pain relief. While effective painkillers, they can also be dangerous and addictive. Learn more about your prescription and how you can stay safe.





Join us in helping parents prevent teen prescription drug abuse  
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As you may know, the Raymond Coalition for Youth has formed a Heroin/Drug Task force for our community. The purpose is:
  • To help break the stigma about addiction and substance misuse so those in need will seek services and resources.
  • To increase access to resources in our community to help individuals and families struggling with substance misuse and addiction.
We recognize that this concern is going to take all corners of our community working together to address it successfully and bring Hope and help to everyone effected by it.  The most successful and cost effective strategy is prevention. 

When we talk about prevention we need to remember that there are factors that play a key role in making a difference. They include reducing access to a substance and increasing awareness to the risk and harm associated with use.  For an individual or family who is struggling with addiction they need access to resources for support and treatment.  How is this prevention?  It is breaking the cycle of addiction, which some families experience.  If we can get a family help with their substance misuse it is less likely that their children will repeat the unhealthy behavior.  

To help reduce access:
We are encouraging everyone to look in their homes for any expired, over prescribed or no longer needed medication, and to drop off at the Raymond Police Department, 1 Scribner Road.  

If you have medication in your home please do not leave it out in the open, or in a location that others can access it without your knowledge.  An example: a medicine cabinet in your bathroom, behind a locked door.  Keep it out of sight and reach to be safe.

To Increase Awareness:
    Heroin and prescription drug misuse is in our community and is effecting many families.
    • In the USA someone dies every 19 minutes due to a Prescription Drug overdose.
    • 6% of our Raymond High School students have reported using Heroin in their lifetime
    • 10% of Raymond students report using prescription drugs to get high in the past 30 days
    We want to get the message into our community that it is here, we need to acknowledge it and work together to address it. We have put on two  forums to raise awareness in Raymond and our surrounding communities. The individuals whom share their stories are from Raymond and surrounding communities. They are brave enough to tell their stories because they want to help others and be a part of the solution to make a difference. The taped videos are available via your computer, thanks to Raymond Community TV. They can be viewed at a time convenient for you by clicking the links. Building A Drug Free Home and Heroin, It Effects Everyone in Our Community .  

    If Only: we want to make sure you know about a newly released video "If Only" produced by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Every parent, teen and young adult should see this video.  It addresses prescription drug abuse, peer pressure, the struggles as a parent dealing with this issue and more.  



    In the News: 


    March 12, 2016 - Last night's ABC 20/20 special segment had an impact! People are talking, realizing how many individuals and families are impacted by Heroin. Please join us on April 7th as the Raymond Coalition for Youth and our partners bring our community together to try and help, offer support and keep the conversation going. People do care and do want to be a part of making a difference. You are not alone.




    Collective Action Issue Brief #5 “Heroin in New Hampshire: A Dangerous Resurgence" - (NH’s Strategy for Reducing the Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Promoting Recovery 2013–2017) ~ Click here to view the issue brief


    SAMHSA Opioid Overdose TOOLKIT ~  View all of the below by clicking here
    Facts for Community Members
    Five Essential Steps for First Reponders
    Information for Prescribers
    Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members
    Recovering from Opioid Overdose


    Heroin - the facts:

    Heroin is a white to dark brown powder or tar-like substance.

    This highly addictive drug is made from morphine, a substance from the opium poppy that quickly enters the brain. It affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the ability to perceive pain.

    Heroin can be used many ways. Snorting (popular with new users), injecting into a vein(“mainlining”) or into a muscle, smoked in a pipe or water pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, and inhaled as smoke through a straw.

    Heroin is super-addictive. Any method of use – snorting, smoking, swallowing, or injecting the drug can lead to mental and physical addiction. Breaking the habit is extremely difficult, but possible.

    Heroin use can have tragic and deadly consequences. It slows the way you think and react, and dulls your memory. The strength of heroin varies and other substances are added to it making it unpredictable and deadly. A fatal overdose can happen even when first used. Other health risks from using heroin include HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases.

    Signs of heroin use. A person might appear drowsy (“nodding”), have nausea, impaired mental functioning, slowed down respiration, and constricted pupils. Signs of an overdose are shallow breathing, pinpoint pupils, clammy skin, convulsions and coma. Overdoses can be fatal, but appropriate medications can reverse the overdose. Immediate medical treatment saves lives.

    Prolonged heroin abuse can cause serious health conditions. Collapsed veins, infection of the heart, abscesses, pneumonia, liver disease, infectious diseases and/or a fatal overdose can happen.

    Treatment works and recovery is possible. Methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone are all FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorders. In addition, peer support groups are very helpful for people suffering from addictions.

    For help and more information, visit: www.drugfreeNH.org



    Helpful Links

    Counseling Services:

    Seacoast Mental Health Center – Promoting recovery since 1963

    Webster Place Recovery Center – Where recovery works

    Drug Information Facts:

    MDMA FAQs

    MDMA Research Report

    Molly Fact Sheet


    Family Support:

    Families First – Support for families, health care for all.

    A Safe Place – Saving lives and creating futures

    A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain

    Boys Town – Saving children, healing families.

    NIEHS Activities – Spend time with you child and have some fun – Games, Puzzles, Experiments

    Family Day – Family dinners are an effective way to help keep America’s kids substance free

    Prevention:

    Drug Free NH DrugfreeNH.org is a collaborative effort of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.

    Drug-free.org – Find the support, tools, resources, & answers you need as a parent or guardian.

    PARENTS. The Anti-Drug.

    CADCA – Building drug-free communities

    Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free

    New Futures – Advocate, educate, collaborate to reduce alcohol and other drugs in New Hampshire.

    National Organization for Youth Safety

    Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention

    Free Online Alcohol Prevention Course for Parents

    Talking to Kids: Drug and Alcohol Help Resources

    National Alliance for Marijuana Prevention – Top Ten reasons. The issues are complicated, the answer is simple.

    DrugRehab.com - An informational site with in depth guides and resources about addiction and ways to seek recovery.


    Self Injury Prevention:

    S.A.F.E. Alternatives – Self Abuse Finally Ends

    Suicide Prevention:

    The Connect Project – Training professionals and communities and suicide prevention and responses

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    National Alliance on Mental Illness


    Treatment:

    Granite Pathways Regional Access Points: Regional Access Point Services is a statewide network, accessible by phone or in person to help New Hampshire residents struggling with addiction, to get the timely, supportive services they need; helping both individuals and families navigate the complex systems of care to real solutions.

    Road to a Better Life – Free yourself from your struggle with dependence. Nine locations throughout New Hampshire: Somersworth, Newington, Merrimack, Concord, Plymouth, North Conway, Littleton, Wolfeboro and Lebanon.

    Addiction Recovery Services – Evidence-based treatment for substance use and co-occurring mental health symptoms. Portsmouth and Salem, NH locations. Intensive Outpatient Programs and Aftercare offered.

    NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator - Treatment for problems with alcohol or drug abuse is available. Find a provider in your area.

    SAMHSA - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Opioid Treatment Program Directory.

    Addiction Center: Helping you find an inpatient drug rehab in New Hampshire.