New Futures Release

PRESS RELEASE
October 22, 2016                                

CONTACT: Sheila Vargas
PH: (603) 731-8051

SUBSTANCE MISUSE ADVOCATES AND STATE SENATE CANDIDATE LEE NYQUIST JOINED NEW FUTURES AND NH PROVIDERS ASSOCIATION TO DISCUSS SOLUTION TO HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS

BEDFORD, NH – Flash flooding did not hold back New Hampshire’s substance misuse advocates from gathering in Bedford to continue conversations in the town regarding community efforts to advocate for effective substance misuse policies.

Last night, Executive Director of the NH Providers Association Courtney Gray along with the substance misuse non-profit advocacy group New Futures hosted the first Five Points for NH’s Future house party.

“It’s critically important to engage in informative conversations around substance misuse policy,” said Gray as she started the event. “Thoughtful, meaningful action is the only way New Hampshire will turn the tide on this public health crisis.”

Lee Nyquist, candidate for State Senate in District 9 which includes Bedford, attended the event and discussed his substance misuse policy platforms in-depth.

“We face a crisis in New Hampshire that threatens the lives and the culture of our state.” said Nyquist. “We have to attack this crisis in 2017. Every one of these five points will be a priority of my legislative agenda when I become your State Senator.”

Others who spoke at the 35+ person house party included Tym Rourke, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Michele Merritt, New Futures Policy Director, Sandi Coyle, Executive Director of Granite Pathways and Jenny O’Higgins of Makin’ it Happen and the Manchester Public Health Network.

New Futures is committed to working with local groups and coalitions to bring their Five Points for NH’s Future policy platform into towns through December. New Futures hopes to act as a catalyst for more open and honest conversations about the most effective policy solutions to move our state forward.

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New Futures is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for progressive policies that prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug problems in New Hampshire. Learn more at www.New-Futures.org.

Senate District 9 includes the towns of Bedford, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Greenfield, Hancock, Jaffrey, Lyndenborough, Mount Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Richmond, Sharon, Temple and Troy