In the fight against the heroin crisis in New Hampshire, it often feels like law enforcement are on the front lines. Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard has called the crisis in his state “an apocalypse,” and many officers would agree.
“It’s taxing on us,” Manchester Police Officer Casey Finn told Rare. “Not only do we have to deal with what’s going on, with the regular calls we have to go to, now we have to go to these [heroin-related] calls.”
“It’s another report that’s adding to the workload that we have to do,” he added.
But law enforcement is “doing the best that we can,” Finn said. And dealing with government bureaucracy can be frustrating and time-consuming.
“The amount of paperwork that you have to do [for a drug related arrest is] time-consuming,” he said. “A lot of the stuff that we do in New Hampshire, it’s a lot of red tape that the state government … they don’t make it easy for us.”
Rare politics reporter Yasmeen Alamiri and videographers Tolleah Price and Dan Yar spent months researching and reporting this series — traveling to Maryland, New Hampshire and other heroin-torn places while talking and listening to users, police officers, public figures and devastated families all affected by the epidemic. See the full series at on.rare.us/HeroinInAmerica.