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Heroin in New Hampshire and crack in California: Similar needs

Heroin in New Hampshire and crack in California: Similar needs

Suddenly, heroin is hot. Or rather, talking about heroin, addiction, treatment and non-punitive responses is hot, especially among presidential candidates as they canvass for votes in New Hampshire. A standard part of this year's campaigning has been a visit with a family who lost a child to an overdose, or a confessional talk at a drug clinic.

That's because the explosion in U.S. heroin use that began about six years ago has hit New England particularly hard.

The nation has experienced such drug trends and epidemics in years past, but heroin was then generally associated (in the popular mind, at least) with urban areas, poverty and African...

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