NH Governor’s Commission Action Plan Dashboard

Our overarching GOAL is to reduce the misuse of alcohol and other drugs across the lifespan through the implementation of effective programs, practices and policies.

Expanding Our Response is the New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and other Drugs Action Plan to comprehensively address our state’s addiction crisis.

This Action Plan dashboard tracks our progress on four main objectives for accomplishing our goal over the period January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.

Objective 1: Our Primary Objective is to reduce the number of lives lost to drug and alcohol use.

Specifically, our targets include:

  • 1.1: Decrease the number of drug overdose deaths by 25% by 2021.
  • 1.2: Decrease the number of alcohol-induced deaths by 15% by 2021.


Data source: NH Office of Chief Medical Examiner, 2020 and 2021 Drug Death Data Report. Data for 2021 only reflects cases for a partial year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death on CDC WONDER Online Database, last accessed August 2021 and no updated data were available.

Accomplishing our primary objective also requires progress on reducing negative health consequences of alcohol and other drug use, increasing access to and participation in treatment and recovery support services, and ultimately reducing the prevalence of alcohol and other drug use in New Hampshire. Our objectives in these areas include the following.

 


Objective 2: Reduce the incidence of negative health consequences of alcohol and other drug use.

Indicators of negative health consequences include the volume of Emergency Medical Service and Emergency Department cases involving substance use.

Our objective targets include:

  • 2.1: Reduce the number of EMS cases resulting from drug overdose / misuse of medications by 15% by 2021.
  • 2.2: Reduce the number of EMS cases resulting from alcohol abuse and effects by 10% by 2021.
  • 2.3: Reduce the number of Emergency Department visits related to opioid use by 25% by 2021.


Data sources: For EMS Provider: NH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Trauma and Emergency Medical Services Information System, as of July 31, 2021. For Opioid ED Visits: NH Drug Monitoring Initiative, 2020 Overview – Drug Environment Report (July, 2021). *Important Note* the data being reported for 2020 opioid-related ED visits has different collection criteria than previous months. Due to the new collection criteria, 2020 data is no longer comparable to previous data. **Data for 2021 only reflects cases for a partial year.

 


Objective 3: Decrease the number of NH residents who need, but are not receiving substance use treatment services.

More than 6,473 individuals in New Hampshire are estimated to be enrolled in substance use treatment on any single day.1 However, it is estimated that an additional 93,000 New Hampshire residents need, but are not receiving treatment for substance use.2 Improvement in this area involves a variety of factors including expanding treatment system capacity, improving timeliness and consistency of outreach, engagement and support, and reduction of stigma associated with seeking substance use services.

Our objective targets include:

  • 3.1: Increase the number the individuals enrolled in substance use treatment by 25% by 2021.
  • 3.2: Decrease the number of individuals who need, but are not receiving treatment for substance use by 10% by 2021.


Data sources: National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSAT) for estimates of those involved in substance abuse treatment. Data not collected in 2018 or 2020. Data for 2021 are not yet available. National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018-2019, State-Specific Tables of Model-Based Estimates for estimates of individuals needing but not receiving treatment. Data for 2020 and 2021 are not yet available.


1 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral Health Barometer: New Hampshire, Volume 6, 2020.
2 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018-2019, State-Specific Tables of Model-Based Estimates.

 


Objective 4: Reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug misuse across the lifespan.

Long-term reduction of the negative effects of substance misuse on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities requires effective ‘upstream’ prevention of alcohol and drug misuse behaviors, particularly among youth and young adults.

Our objective targets include:

  • 4.1: Decrease the proportion of NH residents ages 12+ who report current binge alcohol use by 2.5% by 2021.
  • 4.2: Decrease current marijuana use among NH high school students to less than 21% by 2021.
  • 4.3: Decrease the proportion of NH residents ages 12+ who report recent illicit drug use other than marijuana by 0.5% by 2021.


Data source: Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2018-2019 State-Specific Tables of Model-Based Prevalence Estimates. Data for 2021 and 2020 not yet available.


Data source: NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Online, last accessed August 2021. Data not collected in 2020. Data for 2021 will be collected in the fall due to COVID-19.

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