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The New York Times has produced some heartbreaking and gripping coverage of the heroin epidemic in recent days chronicling how it has ravaged New Hampshire, a state that some estimate has 10 percent of its population addicted to opioids.

I have family and friends in New Hampshire and visit there frequently, and I was dismayed by some of the things I saw a couple of summers ago when spending some time in Manchester, once a prosperous mill town but now seemingly in need of major help.

The scary thing is much of the state bears significant resemblance to our region, rural to suburban with an economy trying to adjust to the loss of manufacturing, and with ready access to big-city drug markets.

Here are a couple of the articles here and here, including one about a man who overdosed four times in six hours, and how his family has tried to deal with his addiction. It's sad and sobering stuff.

The search for a solution to this scourge that has gripped much of our nation continues.

-- Don Lehman

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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