It’s no secret that substance abuse is a huge and growing problem across the United States. And although New Hampshire is often ranked healthier than other states, substance abuse is one area in which we fare worse. For example, the Granite State is well above average in terms of binge drinking and prescription drug abuse, and below average in prevention and treatment. And now, a new initiative this year brought together community members in conversations across the state to discuss these problems, and the biggest barriers to addressing them. While many of the results are not surprising to those who have been watching the issue, participants hope that the initiative’s new report can draw attention and resources to a problem that’s been devastating to families and communities across the state.
This program was originally broadcast on July 30, 2014.
- Dave Cote - marketing and communications associate for Serenity Place, a drug treatment center and treatment facility located in Manchester, NH.
- Linda Paquette - executive director at New Futures, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire.
- Tym Rourke - director of the Program Department and Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and chair of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs
- The New Hampshire Listens final report on their community conversations: "One hundred and fifty-four New Hampshire residents met to talk about their priorities, concerns, and ideas related to substance use and addiction in New Hampshire. The goals of the conversations were to encourage ongoing community conversation about substance use in New Hampshire, learn more about how New Hampshire residents understand the scope of use and misuse (of substances) in New Hampshire, and inform New Futures planning over the next three to five years."