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2:09 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Video Postcards Urge Senate To Boost Substance Abuse Program Funding

Tym Rourke, chair of the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, speaks at a press conference in Concord on Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A New Hampshire group advocating for more funding for substance abuse treatment programs has launched a video postcard campaign to get its message out to state Senators.

At a press conference in Concord on Monday, the nonprofit group New Futures says more than 100 residents have sent a video postcard electronically to their respective state Senator.

Executive Director Linda Saunders Paquette says they want the Senate to boost funding for substance abuse treatment programs.

"In New Hampshire, approximately 113,000 residents are in need of service for substance misuse. Only about 6,000 of those citizens are able to access those services.”

Small business owner Doug Boisvert authored one of the postcards. He says substance abuse programs helped in his own battle with addiction.

“People want treatment. It’s not there. I’m one of the lucky ones. When I wanted it, it was here in this state.”

New Futures partnered with Media Power Youth of Manchester to produce the postcards.