Category Archives: Substance Abuse

Fentanyl and carfentanil exposures in first responders

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Download this as a printable fact sheet Summary The risk of significant opioid exposure is minimal for first responders who encounter fentanyl, carfentanil or other fentanyl analogs in the field. … Continue reading

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Poisonings affect people of all ages

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Every day poison centers receive calls from and about people of every age, from infants to people in their 80s and beyond. Some types of poisoning are more common at … Continue reading

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Get rid of your old medications this Saturday

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The U.S. DEA is sponsoring another medication take-back day this Saturday at locations throughout the country. The DEA has been offering these events twice a year for a few years … Continue reading

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Synthetic cannabinoids in Manchester

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New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan recently declared a state of emergency following a number of overdoses in Manchester related to a synthetic cannabinoid called “Smacked!” that is being sold at … Continue reading

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Snorting Smarties: Not so smart, but not because of maggots

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There’s been a lot of media attention in the last few days about snorting Smarties candy, after a school in Rhode Island sent home a letter warning parents about the … Continue reading

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What is the drug called Molly?

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There have been numerous news reports recently about a party drug called “Molly” that has been making the rounds, especially at concerts. Close to home, the drug has been potentially … Continue reading

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New Hampshire drug-related deaths – 2011

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The number of drug-related deaths in New Hampshire hit 200 in 2011. During poison prevention week, our New Hampshire educator, Laurie Warnock, presented on this growing problem and what can be … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Abuse: An ED perspective

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The abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, is a growing public health concern. Our Medical Director, Dr. Tamas Peredy, is also a doctor with the Maine Medical Center Emergency … Continue reading

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New Maine bath salts law takes effect today

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Maine has banned additional synthetic drugs related to bath salts with a new law that takes effect today. NNEPC Director Dr. Karen Simone spoke with Portland’s WCSH 6 for a … Continue reading

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Bath salts update

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“Bath salts” are in the news again, as Miami police suspect these synthetic drugs were involved in the recent face-eating incident. Legislatures and law enforcement across the country are taking … Continue reading

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