OPIOID  TASKFORCE OF STRAFFORD COUNTY SEVENTH  ANNUAL ADDICTION SUMMIT WILL FOCUS ON WORKFORCE

Gov.  Sununu & local businesses highlight prevention & recovery practices in the workplace 

 SOMERSWORTH, N.H. – On April 7th, 2017 at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, ONE Voice for Strafford County , will host “NH Addiction Summit Legislative and Business Breakfast: Investing in the Future” ONE Voice is the leading organization that convenes the Opioid Taskforce of Strafford County to reduce the consumption and consequence of opioid through prevention, treatment and recovery supports in Strafford County’s 13 communities.  This is the group’s seventh  annual Summit.

The day’s events will kick off with a 7:30 AM “Investing in the Future” Legislative and Business Breakfast to be attended by Gov. Chris Sununu, who will offer remarks on the important role that proactive substance misuse prevention strategies have to play in keeping New Hampshire’s workforce strong.

Following the Governor’s address, local business experts will present an overview of the intervention practices related to addiction in the workplace in the Seacoast and Strafford County.  “Business can impact exceptional Returns on Investment by creating substance free workplaces,” says Chris Placy, owner of Substance Free Workplace and Taskforce member.

After the breakfast, the NH Addiction Summit begins at 9:30.  This year’s theme is, “ Community Solutions: Everyone has a Role.”  The summit features a panel discussion led by Granite Staters in recovery through multiple pathways, breakout sessions on a host of addiction-related topics.  The keynote address is a lineup of experts within the region’s substance misuse field:

Dr. Meredith Norris, Medical Director for Grace Street Recovery of Portland, ME

  • Tym Rourke, Chairman of the Governor’s Commissionon Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery and Director of SUD Grantmaking at the NH Charitable Foundation
  • Devin Rowe, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free NH
  • Dr. Lucas Kolm, Emergency Medical Physician at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

“On a per capita basis, Strafford County consistently feels the sharpest blow from the state’s opioid crisis,” remarked ONE Voice for Strafford County Public Health Director Melissa Silvey. “It’s easy to get lost in the headlines out of Manchester or Nashua, but the annual Addiction Summit makes clear that this is a systemic problem that’s destroying lives through every corner of the Granite State – and solutions must begin within local communities.”

Local business owners as well as professionals in education, government, health care, and public safety are encouraged to attend this annual free event.  This year’s breakfast and summit are at capacity and registration is closed.ONE Voice for Strafford County supports youths, families, educators, and communities who are committed to the prevention of alcohol and drug use. For more, visit OneVoiceNH.org.

CONTACT: One Voice for Strafford County and Public Health Director Melissa Silvey, (603)866-0235 or info@onevoicenh.org

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