MANCHESTER, NH – Carfentanil has been reported to be in the community and responsible for three overdose-related deaths. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. The tremendous strength of this drug has contributed to increased overdoses and overdose-related deaths, even among opioid-tolerant users. The presence of carfentanil in New Hampshire is cause for concern and action.
“It is alarming to realize the availability of this life-taking substance, and we are deeply saddened to see its impact and presence here in New Hampshire. Manchester VA Medical Center is proud to be a part of this community,” said Danielle Ocker, Medical Center Director, Manchester VA. “With this pride comes a commitment, not only to the Veterans we serve, but to their loved ones and the community at large. Through partnerships and the collective services and resources available within VA, the state and local organizations we will continue efforts to eliminate opioid abuse in New Hampshire.”
Veterans can get assistance at the Manchester VA Medical Center:
- Same-day counseling for opioid and other substance use disorders
- Buprenorphine as well as other medication-assisted treatment, available through our Substance Use Disorders Program
- 24/7 Urgent Care evaluations for drug detoxification treatment
- Naloxone rescue kits are available at no cost
Available services alone are not enough; we need to provide education widely. The presence of carfentanil in the community is a public safety concern that should not be taken lightly. Carfentanil poses a significant health threat to all who come in contact with it. If there is a question about exposure to carfentanil the public is being encouraged to call the local authorities.
What can you do? Talk about the impact of drug use with loved ones and protect them from unintended addiction. Studies show the availability of prescription medication to unprescribed users is a tremendous contributor to the opioid crisis. Veterans who have unused prescriptions can make a difference! Please consider collecting a postage paid medication return envelope at the Manchester VA Pharmacy to support the reduction of prescription drugs that could end up in the wrong hands.
Knowledge is a powerful tool in protecting Veterans and the community at large, to learn more or to seek assistance call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. For more general information about the services and benefits available go to www.Manchester.VA.gov.