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Latest N. H. Opioid Death Numbers Show No Relief From Epidemic

The state is third in the country, behind West Virginia and New Mexico, for per capita drug deaths. In other news, a woman faces struggles with insurance and finding available treatment when she tries to find help for her son, who is addicted to pain killers.

NPR: A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive
Here's how I knew I liked Patti Trabosh. It goes back to the very first time I called her out of the blue to ask whether I might profile her family for a story on opioid addiction. The very first words out of her mouth were, "I'm pissed off!" Trabosh went on to explain why she was angry. First, it was the struggle to find a bed in a drug treatment program for her 22-year-old son Nikko Adam. He had become addicted to prescription painkillers and then heroin when he was still in high school. He'd been in rehab twice before, and relapsed both times. Once she found an available treatment slot, it was the seemingly endless and maddening battles with her insurance company, trying to get them to cover Nikko's treatment. (Block, 3/19)

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