Heroin in Hudson – A Community Discussion

September 25, 2015


by Doug Robinson

You are not alone.  Please come.  If you have a question or a concern, it will be answered.

The Heroin in Hudson – A Community Discussion will focus on teaching, educating, informing, and assisting those who need help on where to go, what to do, and what resources are readily available for not only heroin, but for all addictive drugs.

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to visit with more than a dozen local agencies who have committed their participation to help and advise residents about heroin and other addictive drugs.

New Hampshire’s U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte has committed to speak as well (as long as she is not held over in Washington, D.C.).  Kelly has been actively involved with drug prevention and is now expanding her participation and presence with the heroin epidemic.  She is “hands-on.”

Sandi Coyle, recovery engagement director, New Futures, MA, BA, certified recovery coach, will be speaking as well as Lori Magoon, director of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center’s Substance Misuse Intensive Outpatient Program.

You will hear directly from an addict, the mother of an addict and from Hudson’s police, fire, and school systems about what they are doing and what you need to know.

This event has been designed for the entire family to attend and learn together.

Those who are unable to attend the discussion will have the technical support to text their questions directly to the panel.  That phone number will be streamed by HCTV during the event.  The event will be televised on HCTV channel 21.  All are welcome and there is no cost to attend the event.

Currently, the following agencies, healthcare providers, health organizations, and volunteer organizations have committed their time and talents to participate:

  • SNHMC:SNHMC’s Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals struggling with substance misuse issues.  It allows patients to attend sessions and receive treatment while living in the comfort of their own home and continuing to work in the community.  By participating in the Intensive Outpatient Program, patients are able to establish a foundation for life-long sobriety in a safe and supportive group environment where they can begin to use their newly developed recovery skills.
  • Greater Nashua Public Health Network: This collaboration works to enhance and improve public health-related services within the region.  This network is hosted by the City of Nashua, Division of Public Health and Community Services.  The focus of the GNPH Network is to coordinate with key stakeholders to develop comprehensive community preparedness and response plans to effectively mitigate and respond to the impacts of a large-scale public health emergencies.
  • Pelham Community Coalition:This is a group of individuals seeking to inform, empower and activate members of the Pelham community in regard to substance abuse within the community and especially among the youth.  They believe through education and dedication they can help assure that young people will be able to realize their full potential.  Their immediate goals are to raise awareness of the issue of substance abuse and to educate the youth on the importance of good decision-making throughout their lives, and provide parents with knowledge and skills to support their children to develop these essential abilities.
  • FED UP!: The FED UP! Coalition was formed in 2012 when several organizations from across the country joined forces. What brought us together was our shared concern that the federal government was failing to stem the rising tide of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.The coalition’s mission is to create one voice calling for an end to the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths attributed to opioids (including heroin) and other prescription drugs.  Prevent children, friends, and loved ones from becoming addicted to opioids.  Ensure that people suffering from opioid addiction have access to affordable, evidence-based treatment.  Support and enable recovery and eliminate opioid overdose deaths.
  • The GateHouse Sober Community: This is a family of recovery homes that help men who want long-term sobriety, based on the 12-step recovery program.  Nestled in southern New Hampshire, just 45 minutes north of Boston, Mass., the GateHouse Sober Community is a clinically recommended residential treatment program for those suffering from the disease of drug and alcohol addiction.
  • F.A.S.T.E.R. (Families Advocating for Families with Addictions): Mutual support groups whose members are the spouses/partners of people who abuse alcohol; children of all ages whose parents, guardians or other parent figures are involved in alcohol abuse; and/or friends of those individuals.  The groups meet in person, by telephone or via the Internet; and allow participants to share their experience, strengths and hopes to solve the problems they have in common, and to support the recovery of their loved ones.
  • Hope for Recovery:Hope for NH Recovery believes in Peer Based Recovery Support Services.  They promote the recovery center concept that mobilizes individuals and resources – both within and outside of the recovery community.  The objective is to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from alcohol and drug abuse
  • Lamprey Health Care: Their mission is to provide high-quality primary medical care and health-related services with an emphasis on prevention and lifestyle management to all individuals regardless of ability to pay.  Their staff works to engage patients in their own health care.  The health team will work to develop a plan to improve your health and teach you how to prevent illness and stay healthy.  You will become an active participant in your health care plan.
  • Merrimack River Medical Services:Community Substance Abuse Centers is a private, outpatient program that provides humanistic treatment for those who abuse drugs.  The program specializes in the treatment of narcotic addiction.  Services are confidential and professional.  The goal is to provide prompt, professional and effective services to assist patient/consumers in dealing with problems that are both directly and indirectly related to substance abuse.  CSAC offers integrated medical and counseling approaches grounded in an individualized recovery-oriented philosophy that treats addiction as a biopsychosocial disease
  • H.E.A.R.T.S (Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy, Recovery Towards Support): What Is Whole Health Action Management focuses on changing or breaking unhealthy habits.  Led by peer support consumers who are in the position of having the lived experience of mental illness management WHAM supports you to focus on your strengths, likes, and dislikes to create healthy habits.
  • Safe Surroundings: This group uses innovative programming to give adults the intervention skills needed to address teenage substance use.  They teach, early detection skills, early intervention skills, best practices, how to address concerns, with a teen.  Come visit “Hide and Seek,” an interactive, mock teenage bedroom/dorm room that has up to 80 indictors of substance us and self-harming behaviors, hidden in plain sight.  Participants tour the room and then receive training on what to look for and how to take action.
  • TAM (The Addict’s Mom):“The Addict’s Mom,” a group focusing on the mothers of addicted children.  The relationship between the mother and addicted child is unique.  These are moms helping moms who have addicted children.