NH DHHS - NH Officials to Discuss State’s Comprehensive Response to Opioid Epidemic

Member of the media are invited to a press event on Tuesday, September 29,

2015, at 11:30am, to hear firsthand from State officials about the State’s

comprehensive strategy to address the opioid overdose crisis.

WHAT: State of New Hampshire’s comprehensive strategy to address

the opioid epidemic, including the plan to distribute the

drug overdose reversal medication, naloxone

WHO: Anticipated speakers include Governor Maggie Hassan; DHHS

Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas; NH Bureau of Emergency

Medical Services Director Nick Mercuri; Police Chief

Association President Chief Bob Cormier; individuals in

recovery; family members of those experiencing addiction;

and physicians providing naloxone and medication-assisted

treatment for people experiencing addiction

WHEN: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WHERE: Governor and Council Chambers

NH State House

Concord, NH

The press conference will specifically address:

· Two new laws, House Bills 270 and 271, that were passed and went in

to effect June 2, 2015, to increase public access to drug overdose

reversal medication, often referred to as naloxone or by its

commercial name, Narcan.

· The State’s purchase of naloxone kits that will be made available

this fall at no cost for those at risk for an opioid-related overdose

or their friends and family members.

· The State’s new campaign to increase awareness of the opioid crisis

and of resources and services available to help prevent, treat and

support recovery from addiction.

Presentations will run from 11:30am to approximately 12:10pm, with the

remaining 20 minutes available for questions from the press.

Press packets will be available at the beginning of the event.