NEXT New England
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NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America’s oldest places, at a time of change. It’s hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?
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Episode 47: Safe Space
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This week: New Hampshire’s largest addiction recovery organization faces allegations of dysfunction and verbal abuse, and Boston considers whether to allow a facility where drug users can inject under medical supervision. Plus,we take a big-picture look at casino gambling in New England, and meet a Connecticut biologist who’s trying to breed a hardier honeybee.
Former employees at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery told NHPR that staff did not receive proper training and the organization inflated the numbers of its clients, among other issues. Photo by Paige Sutherland for NHPR
Public Health Under the Lens
Over the past few years New Hampshire has been grappling with an opioid crisis. The state estimates that more than sixteen hundred people have died from opioid overdoses since 2011.
Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (center), State Senator Dan Feltes (left) and the former New Hampshire Drug Czar attended the ribbon cutting at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery’s new Concord center last May. Photo by Paige Sutherland for NHPR
Peer-support centers – where people trying to get clean work with counselors with previous experience of addiction- have been key players in New Hampshire’s fight against this epidemic. A nonprofit called HOPE for New Hampshire Recovery is the largest such organization.
But the non-profit’s growth from one modest space in Manchester to seven recovery centers statewide hasn’t gone smoothly. Several employees quit, claiming they were mistreated. There are allegations that staffers used, and at times sold drugs at work. One center has closed.
After New Hampshire Public Radio’s Paige Sutherland reported these allegations earlier this month, governor Chris Sununu told reporters his administration was investigating allegations against Hope for New Hampshire Recovery. You can follow the evolving story at nhpr.org.
In Boston, advocates for people with addiction are asking the city for permission to launch something that sounds radical: a facility where people could inject drugs under medical supervision. The only such supervised injection facility – or SIF – in North America is in Vancouver
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