As a reporter, I always try to find a human aspect to stories. It’s what drew me to journalism, having the ability to give a voice to those often left voiceless.

So, as I continuously reported on the latest news out of Cheshire Medical Center — where a federal investigation is ongoing after gallons of fentanyl solution were lost or stolen at the Keene hospital — I wanted to find a way to humanize it.

If you need assistance finding the right treatment program, most states have hubs set up to help with referrals and monitor your recovery, as part of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. New Hampshire’s program can be reached at 491-5036 or at

The Retreat can be reached at 1-800-Retreat or at

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can also help people in need. Visit or call its national helpline at 1-800-662-43567.

This article originally ran in The Check-Up, the new weekly email newsletter from The Sentinel’s Monadnock Region Health Reporting Lab. To sign up for the newsletter, and get the latest from health reporter Olivia Belanger delivered for free to your inbox every Monday, visit

Olivia Belanger can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or Follow her on Twitter @OBelangerKS.

Olivia Belanger is the health reporter for The Sentinel, covering issues from the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic to mental health services in the region. A N.H. native, she joined The Sentinel team in August 2019.

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