Manchester officials will take part in a forum this week aimed at encouraging businesses to help in the fight against heroin abuse.
The city’s public health director, Tim Soucy, will moderate a panel discussion Wednesday morning. He says a coordinated approach to addressing heroin use in the city has to include local business owners and workers.
“Certainly from a workforce standpoint they have a vested interest. From a business standpoint they have a vested interest,” Soucy says. “This is a problem that’s not going away, and I think if we begin to harness the collective power of business in the community, that’s a tool we haven’t used yet.”
Manchester mayor Ted Gatsas and Police Chief Nick Willard are among those scheduled to participate in the forum.