Sandwich to hold drug forum on May 16

SANDWICH  — The town of Sandwich has announced it is hosting its second countywide community drug forum in two years.

Titled "Pathways from Silence to Solutions: Carroll County Responds to Substance Use Disorders," the daylong event is scheduled for May 16 in the Peaslee Building on the Sandwich fairgrounds.

The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, Sandwich Police Department and White Mountain Restorative Justice have all partnered to organize the forum.

The forum is a follow-up to one held in Sandwich in 2015 called "Pathways from Silence to Solutions: Carroll County Tackles Heroin."

According to a news release from the town, "The forum will bring together individuals and organizations making a positive impact on the health and well-being of our communities, while addressing the complex issues related to substance misuse. This event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend."

The Carroll County Board of Commissioners, the county legislative delegation, state Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and town officials have all been invited to attend.

Representatives from U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter also received invitations.

Gov. Chris Sununu's adviser on addiction and behavioral health, James Vara, will address the forum attendees.

This year's program will include presentations by panelists from several community sectors, including law enforcement, health care, government, education and community supports.

Presenters will highlight the progress made in addressing gaps in available services and the barriers that have challenged people trying to get the help they need.

Following the panel presentations, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas for moving forward to provide additional prevention initiatives, treatment resources and recovery supports in the county.

It is billed as "an opportunity for others to become involved and to work to mitigate the substance misuse challenges facing our communities."

Major sponsors for the event include Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and Memorial Hospital in North Conway, with additional support from: Big Dave's Bagels and Deli, The Corner House Inn, Sandwich Fair Association, Town of Sandwich, United Site Services and Village Green Café and Market.

The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health, an initiative of Granite United Way, receives funding and support to address substance misuse from the New Hampshire Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Registration information is available on the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health website, www.c3ph.org.