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New Hampshire Drug Threat Assessment Update

New Hampshire Drug Threat Assessment Update.Publication Date: May 2003

Document ID: 2003-S0377NH-001

Available New Hampshire Assessments
   2003 Update: May 2003
   2002 Update: April 2002
           Original: April 2001

Archived on:  January 1, 2006. This document may contain dated information. It remains available to provide access to historical materials.

This report is a brief update to the New Hampshire Drug Threat Assessment, which is a strategic assessment of the status and outlook of the drug threat to New Hampshire. Analytical judgment determined the threat posed by each drug type or category, taking into account the most current quantitative and qualitative information on availability, demand, production or cultivation, transportation, and distribution, as well as the effects of a particular drug on abusers and society as a whole. While NDIC sought to incorporate the latest available information, a time lag often exists between collection and publication of data. NDIC anticipates that this update will be useful to policymakers, law enforcement personnel, and treatment providers at the federal, state, and local levels. 

The April 2002 New Hampshire Drug Threat Assessment Update and the May 2001 New Hampshire Drug Threat Assessment are available on NDIC's web site or by contacting the NDIC dissemination line at 814-532-4541.

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Other Dangerous Drugs
  Club Drugs
  Diverted Pharmaceuticals




List of Tables 

Table 1. Drug-Related Treatment Admissions to Publicly Funded Facilities, New Hampshire, 1997-2001
Table 2. Percentage of Drug-Related Federal Sentences by Drug Type, New Hampshire and United States, FY2001


New Hampshire.

Map of New Hampshire showing major transportation routes.

The distribution and abuse of illicit drugs pose a serious threat to New Hampshire. Most illicit drugs available in the state are transported from Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts; however, illicit drugs also are transported from Boston, New York City, southwestern states, and Canada. Private vehicles are the primary conveyances used to transport drugs into New Hampshire. To a lesser extent, commercial vehicles, couriers aboard commercial aircraft, package delivery services, couriers on foot, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles also are used to transport illicit drugs into the state. Most of the illicit drugs transported into New Hampshire are abused within the state and are not transshipped to other locations.

Heroin, primarily South American heroin, poses the most serious drug threat to New Hampshire. The number of heroin-related treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities in the state has increased substantially since 1997, and heroin was a factor in nearly half of the drug deaths that were reported in the state in fiscal year (FY) 2001. Cocaine, both powdered and crack, also poses a significant threat to New Hampshire because it is readily available, frequently abused, and often associated with violent crime. Despite this, abuse of cocaine, particularly crack, appears to be declining in the state, according to treatment admission data. Marijuana is the most widely available and commonly abused illicit drug in New Hampshire. The availability and abuse of other dangerous drugs, particularly MDMA and some diverted pharmaceuticals, pose an increasing threat to the state. Methamphetamine production, distribution, and abuse pose a relatively low threat to New Hampshire.


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