The Rx Taskforce of Strafford County, is holding its third annual Summit on Prescription Drug Abuse called “The Killer Copay: The Real Cost of Rx Misuse. The event takes place on Friday, April 4th at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Avenue, Dover, NH, in the Garrison Wing, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The primary objective of the summit is to enhance community wide education on the social impact of NH’s prescription drug crisis and how to personally and/or professionally become part of the solutions.

“Rx Misuse in Strafford County is not only fueling a heroin crisis, it’s bearing significant costs on families, individuals, municipalities, emergency services, health care systems and more,” Melissa Silvey, regional network coordinator of ONE Voice for Strafford County. “It’s become everybody’s problem and we intend for the Summit to be a catalyst towards increased focus on state and local solutions.”

The event features keynote speaker, Bess O’Brien, the director/producer of numerous award-winning documentary films including The Hungry Heart. The film has taken Vermont and much of the country by storm with its intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from a panel of people in recovery from addiction as well as choose two breakout sessions to attend on hot topics including: opioid poisoning trends, Buprenorphine, Adolescent SBIRT, and Heroin Detection in a Clinical Setting, Overview of the new Prescription Drug Monitoring, Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome and more. Certain sessions have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.

Lunch is included. This event is free of charge and is presented by the Regional Rx Taskforce of Strafford County. Space is limited. All attendees must register via the registration links at For questions email or call 603-516-2562.

ONE VOICE for Strafford County supports youths, families, educators, and communities who are committed to the prevention of alcohol and drug use. Their goal is to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse through education, community mobilization and support of both youth and parents. Visit

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