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NEW FUTURES PUT TOGETHER THIS LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING TO INFORM LAWMAKERS, ADVOCATES, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON NEW HAMPSHIRE DRUG AND ALCOHOL ISSUES.

  • 10% of people age 12 and over in New Hampshire have reported a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
  • NH ranks 2nd in the country for underage alcohol use according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  • NH ranks 2nd in the country for underage binge drinking.
  • NH ranks 9th in the country for youth marijuana use.
  • Young adults in New Hampshire age 18-25 are significantly more likely to report binge drinking in the last 30 days (51%) compare to their peers nationally (41%).
  • Excessive alcohol consumption costs New Hampshire $1.15 billion annually in lost worker productivity and earnings, healthcare costs, public safety expenses and criminal justice costs.
  • There are over 54,000 alcohol dependent workers employed in New Hampshire.
  • Treatment has been shown to have a benefit-cost ratio of 7:1- for every dollar invested in prevention, treatment and recovery, seven dollars are saved in the areas listed above.
  • Addiction is a chronic, relapsing, progressive and treatable disease.
  • Alcohol and other drug use disorders are as responsive to treatment as other chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension.
  • Over 100,000 New Hampshire residents need treatment and less than 6,000 can receive it through our state-funded system.
  • In only one state (Texas) is an individual in need of treatment for substance abuse less likely to receive treatment than in New Hampshire.

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