NH DHHS - What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet, A Prescription For Danger?

NH Suicide Prevention Council: The Integration of Drug and Suicide

Prevention Efforts

Concord, NH – Suicide continues to be a very serious issue in New

Hampshire; it is the second leading cause of death in youth and young

adults ages 15 – 34, and the fourth leading cause of death from ages 35 –

54. Of growing concern is the number of suicides attributed to poisonings,

in particular prescription and over the counter drugs. New Hampshire’s

Suicide Prevention Council is working with its suicide prevention partners

and drug and alcohol prevention partners to help reduce these drug related

deaths and on Monday will announce these efforts.

This is a unique opportunity to hear about the crucial role health care

providers have in assessing access to lethal means, in this case what may

be in your medicine cabinet and how the new prescription drug- monitoring

program will help in this effort. Also, hear from someone who struggled

with substance abuse and attempted suicide as a result; and his success now

in recovery.

Speakers for this event include:

Dr. Thomas Andrew, NH Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Karene Simone, Northern New England Poison Center

Linda Paquette, New Futures

Dr. Jeffrey Fetter, Concord Hospital and President of New Hampshire

Psychiatric Society

David E. Chmielecki, Attempt Survivor

DATE September 10, 2012

9:00 AM

EVENT Suicide Prevention Council Integrates Drug and Suicide Prevention Efforts

LOCATION Legislative Office Building


Concord, NH