NH county opioid program model needs innovation and expansion, official says

BY: Hadley Barnodollar – EMS1

The Dover Doorway program is not working as designed, and the number of individuals seeking help from each area is severely disproportionate

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The Doorway-NH state program constructed to fight the opioid crisis isn’t working for Rockingham County as designed, according to Peter Fifield, program manager for the Dover location.

The Dover Doorway, across the street from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, was devised to serve both Strafford and Rockingham counties, but the number of individuals seeking help from each area is severely disproportionate. Since the location’s opening in January, 77% of individuals served have been from Strafford County, ultimately signaling that those struggling with substance abuse disorders in Rockingham County aren’t crossing the Little Bay bridge to seek help.

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