Help Prevent Suicide and Drug Misuse
If you are concerned that you or a loved one is at risk for suicide, take these preventative measures:
- Lock Meds: Use lock bags and boxes to safely keep prescription medications such as painkillers, anxiety pills, or sedatives out of reach from those who may misuse them.
- Lock Guns: Use lock safes and trigger locks to keep firearms safely stored away.
- Talk Safety: Have a conversation with your family and friends about mental health, safety, and substance misuse.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Health in 2020, "On average, one person died by suicide every 31 hours in this state." This makes it the 8th leading cause of death in New Hampshire and the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-44. In New Hampshire there were also over 5,000 Fatal and Non-Fatal EMS Drug Overdose/Abuse Incidents in 2022 alone.
FreeSafe Storage and Rx Disposal Tools Available Through the South Central Public Health Network and SoRock Coalition
Medication Safety Lock Boxes
A medication lock box is a secure container that ensures medicine is only accessible to the prescription holder and will help reduce accidental overdose or misuse of medication
Where can I go for help?
Suicide prevention and crisis support is available 24/7 at:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
- National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Trans Lifeline and Trevor Project: 1-(866) 488-7386
- Region Ten Emergency Services: (434) 972-1800
For information about substance use treatment, see:
- Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition: Help Happens Here
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline(also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) 1-(800)-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-(800)-487-4889 A confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders
Partnership for Drug Free NH: Drugfreenh.org/
Connors Climb: Connorsclimb.org/
Up and Away: Upandaway.org/en/
There can be many signs of substance misuse, depending on which substances someone might be using or the extent of the problem. Some common general signs include:
- Changes in weight or eating habits
- Changes in personality or energy levels
- Irregular sleeping patterns
- Changes in activities or hobbies
- Shifts in social circles
- Poor performance in work or school
- Secretive behavior
- Isolating oneself
- Financial problems