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Overdose Awareness Vigil is this coming Monday, 8/31.
Central Square, Keene. Meet at 7:30. Candle lighting to begin between 8-8:15.
Bring a handheld photo or sign to represent the loved one/s in our life who have overdosed (regardless if they have passed or survived and type of overdose does not have to be Heroin specific – this is International Overdose Awareness Day).
If you cant make it, please light a candle or leave your porch light on from 8pm-9pm.
Anyone interested in donating purple ribbon or white stick candles please message Save NH-Keene Hates Heroin
Please join us at the Mayor’s Summit!
Keene Mayor Kendall W. Lane will host a meeting next month for leaders of local agencies and organizations that work to fight the heroin epidemic.
“The Mayor’s Summit on Addiction Solutions,” which is open to the public, will be Wednesday, Sept. 2, Room 620 at Keene High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Officials will discuss what is being done to address the problem of heroin use in the community.
John “Jack” G. Wozmak, New Hampshire’s senior director for substance misuse and behavioral health, will help to facilitate the discussion. Wozmak used to be Cheshire County’s longtime administrator before taking on his new position at the beginning of the year.
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MADAC supports smoke free housing!learn more at www.healthymonadnock.org
SAMHSA has launched an important app for parents:
|Prevent Underage Drinking With “Talk. They Hear You.”For many kids and teens, summer means fun and relaxation. However, the freedom of the summer months can mean an increased risk for underage drinking. In fact, the average first use of alcohol by young people in the United States peaks in June and July.As the school year ends and summer begins, parents may have more time to connect with their children and more opportunities to have meaningful talks. SAMHSA’s app“Talk. They Hear You.” can help parents prepare for one of the most important conversations they may ever have. This free app, available through the App StoreSM, Google Play™, the Windows® Store, and Windows® Phone Store, features an interactive simulation that uses avatars to help parents practice bringing up the topic of alcohol, learn the questions to ask, and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.The app is part of SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Underage Drinking Prevention National Media Campaign, which encourages parents and caregivers to talk with children early about the dangers of alcohol. Access additional resources and information about the campaign and underage drinking prevention.
The NH NOFAS (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) group will be having an awareness day event at Keene State College on September 9th. Please download the materials packet below and contact KSC for more details about the event!
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day Professional Materials Packet
FREE ONLINE SBIRT TRAINING:
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training:
4-hour Self-Paced, Online Course
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. Overall, substance use contributes to over 70 conditions that require medical care. Screening can be easily used in primary care settings and enables healthcare professionals to systematically identify and assist people whose drinking or substance use may cause or complicate medical and mental health functioning.
This 4-hour training is relevant for both primary care and behavioral health providers. Our training provides a brief overview of the prevalence of substance use, criteria for risky use, and the effects of substance use on health and mental health functioning. We review the two approved screening tools (AUDIT and AUDIT-C), and teach providers how to conduct a three-step Brief Intervention utilizing motivational interviewing techniques focused on motivating people toward positive behavioral change. For individuals identified to be at high risk for an alcohol use disorder, we teach providers how to motivate patients to accept a referral to specialty substance abuse treatment services.
At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to: (1) describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT with patients in primary care settings; (2) utilize the AUDIT or AUDIT-C to screen and identify patients engaged in moderate or high-risk alcohol consumption; and (3) demonstrate, through role-play and group discussion, the effective use of brief intervention strategies and techniques to motivate patients to change their at-risk substance use behavior and/or seek treatment.
Advocacy Training:Are you interested in becoming a New Futures advocate? New Futures works to reduce New Hampshire drug and alcohol problems by advocating, educating, and collaborating for progressive policy in the Granite State.In 2015, New Futures is holding four advocacy trainings in Concord:(March 3rd, April 23rd, November 17th, and December 15th). These trainings are done in partnership with Hope for New Hampshire Recovery and will include an Our Voices Have Power workshop-where advocates will learn about the importance of sharing their lived experience
* See our Education & Training Page for more info and for registration link
NH WISDOM Alcohol and Other Drug Module Launched:
New Hampshire’s WISDOM public health data system launched its Alcohol and Other Drug module last month, providing five dashboards of data showing measures of prevalence of alcohol and drug misuse, perceptions that may influence misuse, and harmful impacts such as emergency room visits and drug-related deaths. This is the first time NH-specific data have been readily accessible to the general public. Data are searchable by population and geographies, including by county and by public health region. Additional indicators will be coming on-line over the next several months. Please note that when visiting WISDOM, it is recommended that only one module and dashboard should be opened at a time.
New Updates to the NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator
Several updates have been made to the online directory to streamline and help narrow treatment searches. Two new filters have been added to search by population and/or payment type and available treatment options can be reviewed and printed. See updates here
New Rules and Training Increase Access to a Life-Saving Drug
The NH State Department of Safety issued a press release announcing new rules and training to allow law enforcement personnel to more easily obtain a license to administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who are overdosing. This is in response to recommendations made by the Governor’s Strategic Task Force on Preventing Death from Opioid Overdose. Read the press release here
Selecting Evidence-Informed Prevention Strategies: Resources for NH’s Prevention System
Updated guidance for selecting evidence-based prevention strategies is now available from BDAS. Review this document
for more information on researching and developing strategy recommendations.
NHHPP Recruits Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Practitioners
NHHPP needs licensed behavioral health practitioners to provide substance use disorder services to clients who need them. Consider enrolling in Medicaid and contracting with managed care organizations to deliver needed services. Utilize this document
for a detailed overview of the enrollment and credentialing process. Personalized support is available to practitioners to help navigate this process.
Core Competencies for Licensed Behavioral Health Counselors Treating Substance Use Disorders
The New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Treatment Task Force has prepared and requested the Commission and Governor to approve recommendations for the knowledge, skills and clinical support behavioral health practitioners should establish and maintain for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. These core competencies
and the workforce development to support them are anticipated to help expand the network of providers available to meet demand for treatment in the state. The recommendations have also been endorsed by the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association.
Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Prevent Users from Intensifying High
A study that surveyed 11,000 drug users at 150 treatment facilities across 48 states indicated that abuse-deterrent medications can cut down on prescription drug abuse. Another study also suggests economic benefits with the prescribing of abuse-deterrent opioids. Read more
SAMHSA Bans Drug Court Grantees from Ordering Participants Off Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Recently, it was announced that drug courts receiving funding cannot oppose offenders from receiving treatment such as buprenorphine or methadone for opioid use disorders. Read more
Program- and Service-Level Costs of Seven SBIRT Programs
NIAtx Publication Focuses on SBIRT
Check out The Bridge, a semi-annual publication providing up-to-date information on specific models and practices. Issue 2 specifically focuses on SBIRT and promoting the integration of substance use treatment into medical care.
OUR MISSION: Influence public awareness, policy, and funding to support alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, treatment, and recovery especially as it pertains to youth, in Cheshire County, NH.
GOALS: Reduce substance use among youth and adults, and strengthen collaborative partnerships within communities.
We offer prevention activities and education to reduce youth and young adult alcohol and substance use; advocate for policy change and increased funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery; and offer prevention trainings, internships, and substance-free events all year.