Pointing to the growing problem of opioid addiction New Hampshire, a health expert form the emergency department of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester said that the opioid problem is worse than anything she’s ever seen.
Dr. Rory Symons said she has practiced in several medical efforts, including fights against heroin addiction in Ireland and battle with HIV in South Africa, but she was overwhelmed by the “out of control” opioid addiction in Manchester.
Speaking on the topic, Symons said, “As a doctor … worst war stories I can think of from here in New Hampshire are related to opioid addiction. I have never seen anything like this. It is overwhelming, out of control. This is a tidal wave. This is the worst of the worst I’ve ever seen of anything anywhere.”
In 2015, more than 6,000 patients with opioid addiction were admitted to the emergency departments of state hospitals, with more than one thousand of them treated at Catholic. Those patients were mostly in their 20s and early 30s. But overall, opioid addictions patients range from newborns to the elderly.
Dr. Symons called opioid patients the “sickest of the sick” people. Some addicts overdosed in the field, and died in the emergency room. Many were found to have serious infections resulted from injecting heroin with unclean needles.