First Presidential Town Hall Meeting to Address Drug and Alcohol Issues Dec 2

“A Healthier and Safer New Hampshire” outlines new attitudes and policies to safeguard residents’ health and build safer communities

WHAT: December 2nd Presidential Town Hall, “A Healthier and Safer New Hampshire” will introduce Presidential candidates to issues of concern to individuals and families who are supporting policies to promote prevention, treatment and recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Presidential candidates have been invited to speak at various times during the event and answer questions from area residents. There will also be an educational program, including excerpts from HBO’s Emmy award winning program Addiction and a panel discussion featuring Ann Corson, a family member whose son is now in recovery; Barry Timmerman, LADC, coordinator of Substance Abuse Services for Odyssey NH which runs the first recovery high school in NH; Niki Miller, MS, CPS, a person in long-term recovery and Executive Director, NH Taskforce on Women & Recovery; Peter Dalpra, LADC, an addiction professional and Clinical Director of Serenity Place; and Joe Harding, Director of the NH Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.

The Town Hall will be moderated by New Hampshire National Public Radio’s Morning Edition host, Lisa Peakes.

WHO: People in long-term recovery from addiction, their families, friends and allies; elected officials; law-enforcement officials; students.

WHERE: Timberlane Regional Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow, NH

WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 3:00 pm. (Refreshments and a resource room with resource materials from addiction prevention, treatment and recovery organizations will open at 2:30 pm.)

TICKETS: Free tickets required for admission. Call 603.382.6541 x243 to reserve tickets.

SPONSORS: New Hampshire:

Friends of Recovery-NH (FOR-NH)

FASTER (Families Advocating Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Recovery)

Timberlane Regional School District

NH Alcohol and Other Drug Service Providers Association

New Hampshire Task Force on Women and Recovery


Sanborn/Timberlane Safe and Drug Free Community Coalition


CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals

Faces & Voices of Recovery – Recovery Voices Count


Today, serious gaps exist in our nation’s ability to identify and treat people with alcohol and drug problems, keeping millions of Americans from contributing to our society. 82% of New Hampshire adults personally know a relative, friend, or someone at work who has had a problem with alcohol or other drugs. We know that people can and do recover from addiction and that effective health responses – that prevent and treat problems and support people in long-term recovery – will safeguard our nation’s health and build safer communities.

Now is the time for Presidential candidates to inform New Hampshire voters and the American public about the steps that they will take to adopt meaningful health policy reforms that will save tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars – and strengthen families and communities.

The following information and sample question for candidates reflects key issues facing people in New Hampshire:

In 2006 111,000 New Hampshire residents needed but did not receive treatment for alcohol and drug problems. New Hampshire providers of addiction treatment and recovery services report a 3 to 6 week waiting period for residents needing residential treatment.

1) Untreated addiction is the cause of other problems and illnesses like heart disease, lower work productivity, and overcrowded jails and broken families. Yet millions of Americans can’t access the treatment and recovery services they need. If elected, will you support an increase in funding to ensure that treatment and recovery services are available to all who need them?