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How The Heroin Crisis Is Bleeding Into The Primary | New Hampshire Ep. 3

– I had always said to her, “Amber, one day, you’re
gonna let me do your makeup.” I just never dreamed that
it would be for her funeral. I have had intimate
connection, through makeup, with every presidential candidate
in the past six elections. I can’t not talk to them, because they could be able
to bring about change. You know, and many of
’em, in the beginning, when I would tell them, you know, “Are you aware of the heroin epidemic,” they’d be like, “What? “What heroin epidemic?” It took the life force
out of my husband and I when we found out that she was arrested
for heroin possession. She had a pimp, was being
sold, and paid in heroin. And my husband looked
right at me and he said, “She’s gonna die.” And two years later, she did. (suspenseful piano music) – The number one problem in America today is the opiate and heroin addiction. It has been so pervasive in
small-town and rural America that, for the first time since the 1800s, the life expectancy of middle-aged, non-college educated white
Americans is going down. It is a crisis. – Look at the heroin
epidemic that is going on in our country right now. And we’re not doing anything to stop it. It’s almost like we want a
bunch of addicted people. – Heroin is a killer drug doing devastating harm in New Hampshire, Vermont, and all over this country. You know, look, I know New
Hampshire, in particular, has been hit hard. The heroin epidemic is really ugly. This disease knows no bounds, knows no income, knows no neighborhood. It’s everywhere. (gentle acoustic guitar music) – The situation that we’re
encountering right now is so beyond what we would expect to see on a routine day or month or year. In 2015, we had 726 opiate-related calls. And we’re looking at a
300 to 400% increase. – There is a heroin epidemic which is pretty much a national epidemic. It’s felt really heavily in
New Hampshire at the moment, and I think New Hampshire
has thrust the issue into the forefront on
the presidential campaign because it’s a question
you hear, if not once, twice, three times at any
town hall that you go to, because it affects everyone here. It’s your waitress, it’s
your next-door neighbor, it’s the bartender. – How many of you know people suffering either from a mental health
problem or substance abuse? You know, I’ve had two town halls right here in New Hampshire, one in Keene, one in Laconia, where the only subject
was substance abuse. – My older sister, Miriam,
died of a drug overdose. And she had a hard life, she
made a lot of foolish decisions over and over and over again, until one morning, she didn’t
wake up and she’d overdosed. It is a horrible scourge in our society. – I mean, overall, I think the problem is a perfect storm of our own creation. We had prescription drugs that were being prescribed
without a stringent oversight. The Mexican cartels figured out how they could grow and
manufacture their own heroin. Everything was there. – I’d shattered my ankle and
had some major back problems, became addicted to opiate pain medication. Was over-prescribed huge proportions. – Oxycontin kinda made
its way to everybody, so it was very easily available. That’s how I started. – It’s definitely not
something that I made in a choice, when I was a young child, to wake up and say, “I’m gonna be a drug
addict when I grow up.” – I had no idea what I was
getting into at that time. – My addiction drove me to homelessness, 31 incarcerations, and I lived homeless for 13 years on the streets of Providence. (dramatic keyboard music) – For the last 18 months or so, the heroin and Fentanyl
crisis has really reached epidemic proportions in
the state of New Hampshire. Unfortunately, approximately
10% of the overdose calls that we respond to are fatal. When there’s a delay
in calling us, we miss that four- to six-minute window where, when you stop breathing, death becomes permanent after six minutes. (siren wailing) – I would say that the people
who are owning the issue are Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina. And I think Carly and Jeb stand out to me because they’re two people
who’ve personally been affected. – We finally managed to get Laurie into treatment, into rehab, and she suffered from multiple addictions. There are real things
that work for some people. Unfortunately, they didn’t
work for our daughter. – There is a shared bond in this, people that go through this. I mean, I don’t know what
it’s like to lose a daughter, but I almost did. She went through hell. And so did her mom and so did her dad. And it was both in a private setting, but then it became very
public when I was governor. And it wasn’t easy. You know, she went to,
I visited her in jail. Never expected to be seeing
my beautiful daughter in jail. – I am frustrated, incredibly frustrated. Frustrated that we have made so little progress in three decades. Today, 129 people will die of drug overdose in this country, 129. – You know, you kinda
go outside in the world and it’s a sunny day,
but all you see is gray. It’s not black or white or anything, it’s just gray, like nothing. – I can’t even tell you
how many funeral cards I have in my wallet at home. And, you know, just from last year, and it got to the point where
I stopped attending services because it was just, it’s too much. – You get so used to that, that misery, that darkness,
that it’s comfortable, even though you hate it. – I’m afraid for my daughter,
for my friends’ children, because I know that a really big reason that a lot of people wind up addicted is because of an injury, maybe a sports injury, a car
accident, something else, the doctors and the medication. – Out of over 100 people I
talked to that we revived, 60% said, yeah, they started with pills, they started with a prescription,
it started with an injury. Everybody out there nowadays
gets prescribed narcotics. You go and you have your
wisdom teeth taken out, you’re walking out the door
with a script, you know? And that’s kids 11 years old. – In the last three months alone, we prescribed 650,000
individual prescriptions for 33 million opioid pills. Every year, it’s getting worse and worse, and now it’s obviously reached a level where it truly is a crisis in our state. – So, I went to law school and one of the guys that
was in my study group, he was the first one of us who got a job, he was running one day and hurt his back. And so, he went to the
doctor, and so he said, “Listen, we’re gonna give
you some treatment, whatever, “but in the meantime, just
to help to get you through, “we’re gonna give you Percocet, “help numb the pain.” Well, about a year later,
I get a call from his wife, and she said, “He’s addicted
to these painkillers.” So, we all went over there, we
had an intervention with him, and it started a 10-year odyssey of him being in and out of rehab. When, a year-and-a-half
ago, on a Sunday morning, Mary Pat and I got the call
that we’d been dreading forever, that they found him dead in a motel room with an empty bottle of Percocet and an empty quart of vodka. 52 years old. He’s a drug addict, and he
couldn’t get help, and he’s dead. And when I sat there as
the governor of New Jersey at his funeral and looked across the pew at his three daughters sobbing
’cause their dad is gone, there but for the grace of God go I. It can happen to anyone. – Everybody outside of
it, including my parents, was under the impression
it was a moral failing. You know, it was this
thing, this mistake I made, and now I’m paying for it kind of thing. – I knew it was a problem,
I didn’t know what to do, and my life was definitely
spiraling out of control. – The six overdoses that I survived, that goes through my mind how
lucky I am to be here today. Had I been using alone,
I wouldn’t be here today. Had Narcan not been available,
I wouldn’t be here today. – Narcan is naloxone, a
drug that’s manufactured specifically to counteract
the effects of opiates. And when you use an opiate, it attaches to certain
receptors in your brain. When you use Narcan, and when
it’s administered to you, it goes directly to those
same receptors in the brain, will remove the opiate
particles from those receptors and create a barrier around it to prevent them from reattaching. – Oxygen is the most important thing when you first get there, and the Narcan. What we’ll do is, you
pop off the top of this, you take the vial, you’ll insert it, we rotate it and what it
does is it actually locks in. And you administer half up one
nostril, half up the other. People that tend to take heroin, their veins, they have problems with it. So, again, this is an easier
way for us to administer it. – Narcan itself is just
like you see in the movies. It’s a miracle drug,
really, is what it is. – You can’t go through that as a family and not realize that addiction is a disease that touches everyone. There’s still so much stigma about talking openly about what a problem
this is in our nation. And we can’t have a stigma because, otherwise, we won’t do the right things. – We need to be a second-chance nation. We need to recognize that
restoring people’s chance to be able to live a life
of purpose and meaning doesn’t just deal with the
illness of drug addiction. It also deals with giving them a chance to get a job and to do the other things. And drug courts provide that opportunity. – One of the most important elements to dealing with the drug problem is finally securing the borders. The drug cartels come across
that border almost at whim. We are finally going to build a wall. – I remember being at
Hope for New Hampshire and having them tell me about someone who had come in with their parent who was, at that moment, suffering
from withdrawals, and they just simply couldn’t
find a bed for that person. There was nowhere for them to go. – The problem with New Hampshire is we rank 49th out of 50 states in availability of treatment
and recovery services. – I know a lot of the people in treatment and I know I’ve called,
I’ve reached out to people, but it’s just the beds aren’t there. – I’ve lost a lot of
friends to opioid overdose and if a candidate is not talking about being part of the solution, that candidate is not getting my vote. (suspenseful piano music)

28 thoughts on “How The Heroin Crisis Is Bleeding Into The Primary | New Hampshire Ep. 3

  1. Stop putting drug users in jail first. Then actually put some money FED wise into new forms of rehab. Jail time or talking about your emotions to a counselor is not gonna end drug abuse. Until we take this issue seriously it will only get worse and the prisons will only fill faster and faster.

  2. Ive been watching people die and go to jail off Oxy Cotton since 2002. Its sick just sick that its 2016 and we are just trying to bring this to light still. Its a whirlwind of shit and America and The FEDs are acting like surfing in a shit storm is okay if you just keep your eyes closed so no shit water gets inside.

  3. You want to solve the drug epidemic?

    Find the drug dealers and manufacturers and execute them on the spot.

    Drug cartel members?
    Same thing. Identify and execute them right away.

  4. I lived in New Hampshire foe 4 years and I am moving back next year, it is very sad that such an amazing state is being tarnished by this epidemic.

  5. Ironic that lady knew all those presidents………….big pharma cleared to addict the people and make tons of money in the 90s……..then tptb pull off 911 and get into Afghanistan and heroin prod up 10 fold……….and the bs media blame it all on the Mexican cartels……..it comes in CIA planes to military bases………Bush family huge into heroin dealing and treason over generations……..Clintons and Obama like drugs as well…….remember Mena……….wake up to shit that the mom or huff post won't tell you……..

  6. I've been smoking weed for over 5 years now and my mother who's trying to prove the gateway drug theory is constantly asking me if anyone's ever offered me pills or heroin but nope. just stick the herbs everybody.

  7. Common sense stop prescribing opioids! Take then natural path and suffer with pain. It goes away eventually. Stop making these doctors rich!!

  8. It is important to increase the I . Q of this folks so that they can recognise the obvious danger of drugs and be productive members of society.

  9. Well Ben Carson, when the crack epidemic hit black America no one gave a damn, because black people just don't matter to America. Now that the heroin is killing white America, now the government wants to do something and now they want to see addition as a disease. Oh really? I thought cancer, diabetics, etc, were considered diseases.

  10. Why is it that this addiction is a white issue? Isn’t people of color prescribed opiates by doctors? Maybe, it is because the white feel they are entitled and threatened their doctors!

  11. Are you saying you just heard of herion?? Where was the outrage when people of color were going through this?? I get it!! Wasn't suppose to be in your neighborhoods!!

  12. Why is this video showing Democrats when Trump is the only one doing anything about this Opioid epidemic?? To show those politicians who support open borders allowing this Herion to flood the counter is an insult to everybody who's suffering over this epidemic! Disgraceful!

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