Substance Misuse

Why we care…

drug-free-710-525NH and VT continue to have some of the highest rates of alcohol and other drug use and binge use when compared with national averages. Misuse of these substances contributes to numerous community and health concerns, including accidental injuries, overdoses, maternal-child health complications, crime, and poor school/work performance. Some estimates suggest that 80+% of inmates in NH prisons suffer from substance use disorders, and a Columbia University study suggested that for every $60 spent addressing the consequences of substance misuse, we are spending only $1 in prevention and treatment. Tobacco use and second-hand smoke remains a leading cause of death in the United States. A recent study suggested that the cost to employers when employees smoke is >$5,800/year.

Locally, more than 11% of the adults use tobacco, with low rates of tobacco use in Hanover, and greater use in rural communities.  Between 10 and 23% of local High School students use tobacco and between 12 and 25% of teens use marijuana.  10% of adults and 17-25+% of teens report binge alcohol use in the past 30 days.

Public Health Council Goals for Addressing Substance Misuse

  1. Decrease the percentage of high school aged youth who report using alcohol in the past 30 days from 33% to 29% by 2019.
  2. Decrease the percentage of high school aged youth who report binging on alcohol in the past 30 days from 19% to 16% by 2019.
  3. Decrease the percentage of adults who report binging on alcohol in the past 30 days from 17% to 15% by 2019.
  4. Decrease the percentage of high school aged youth who report using marijuana in the past 30 days from 20% to 18% by 2019.
  5. Decrease the percentage of high school aged youth who report misusing prescription drugs in the past 30 days from 6% to 4% by 2019.

Key Partners Working on these Goals

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All Together
is the Public Health Council’s work group for addressing substance misuse in the Upper Valley.

Other resources…

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New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator 

Upper Valley Mental Health Resource Guide

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Drug Free New Hampshire

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Anyone.Anytime. This website provides information and resources from New Hampshire’s campaign to address and end the opioid epidemic currently effecting so many people in our state.