TLC Recovery Programs has been responding to the significant increase in overdose rates in New Hampshire for the past several months by expanding services to ensure people experiencing fentanyl use have access to recovery supports and treatment.
There has been a significant increase in overdose rates in Claremont and the surrounding community due to a lethal batch of fentanyl that has been distributed in the region. (see WMUR News: https://www.wmur.com/article/claremont-police-fentanyl-overdoses-new-hampshire-52222/40070506). There are also concerns that other substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine are laced with fentanyl without the buyer’s knowledge. This is concerning because the unknown risk for people who are using any type of substance has become even more substantial. Fortunately, there are options for people to reduce the risk of fentanyl overdose.
“TLC has programs and resources to help a person find a place in the recovery community. We have recovery coaches on site with lived experience who can assist those seeking help with valuable resources such as residential treatment admissions, getting plugged into local recovery communities, and getting connected to other local treatment providers,” explains Dan Wargo, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and TLC Recovery Program Director.
TLC Recovery Programs has been adding staff and programs to build a strong recovery community that helps prevent overdose. TLC offers people experiencing fentanyl use support and guidance to get the help they need through 1:1 coaching and peer support groups. TLC also has Narcan available on-site and can share information on when and how to use it. Narcan is a nasal spray that can be administered to revert the effects of overdose. Recently, TLC has been offering people testing strips that can positively identify fentanyl and many of its known forms.
“Having items like Narcan and testing strips available can be a matter of life and death, so please come to our center and get them free of charge,” says Wargo, adding, “We are a non-judgmental, compassionate organization that wants nothing more than for people to move towards positive change.”
TLC Recovery Programs has two drop-in centers where people are encouraged to walk-in without an appointment to get information and support. The Claremont drop-in center, located at 62 Pleasant Street, is open 8 am – 4 pm Monday through Thursday and until 8:30 on Fridays. TLC’s Newport drop-in center is open 8 am – 4 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Millie’s Place, 45 John Stark Hwy. If you are seeking help yourself or if you are a loved one seeking support, please contact TLC at 603-542-1848.