New Hampshire Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic

Southern New Hampshire University

2500 North River Road

Hooksett, NH 03106

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)

In 2014, over 300 people in New Hampshire died from drug overdose, many due to the spike in heroin use throughout the state. As the 2016 election approaches, now is an important time to address the need for a comprehensive response regarding addiction.

On January 5, 2016, The Addiction Policy Forum is sponsoring the “New Hampshire Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic” to provide New Hampshire policymakers and major presidential candidates with a venue to discuss addiction, including the heroin and prescription drug epidemic. Our New Hampshire members, partners and practitioners from the prevention, treatment and recovery fields will make up the attendees of the event.

NH Alcohol and Other Drug Service Providers Association
National Council for Behavioral Health
New Futures
Dover Coalition for Youth
Faces & Voices of Recovery
Hope for NH Recovery
Safe Harbor Recovery Center
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America


9:00 – 9:15 am    Welcome & Opening Remarks
• Introduction. Jessica Nickel, Executive Director
• Senator Kelly Ayotte

9:15 – 10:15 am
    New Hampshire and the Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic
Moderator: Scott Spradling, Emmy® award winning former reporter, anchor and political director for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH
• Governor Maggie Hassan
• Congressman Frank Guinta
• Congresswoman Ann Kuster
• Attorney General Joseph Foster
• Doug Griffin
, Family Member and Co-Founder of Project Recovery

10:15 – 10:30 am   
Remarks - Governor Jim Gilmore (VA)

10:30 – 10:40 am   
Remarks - Senator Jeanne Shaheen

10:40 – 11:00 am     The Science of Addiction and What Works - Dr. David Gastfriend, Treatment Research Institute

11:00 – 11:30 am    Remarks with Q&A - Governor John Kasich (OH)

11:30 – 12:15 pm   
Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00 pm    Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, and Law Enforcement: The Need for a Comprehensive Response
Moderator: Tracy Caruso, media specialist whose achievements include the Associated Press’ “Contributor of the Year” and the NH Association of Broadcaster’s Best Newscast and Best Morning Show.
  • Eric Adams, Laconia City’s Prevention Enforcement Treatment Coordinator
  • Dean LeMire, Regional Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator
  • Colonel Robert L. Quinn, Director, Division of State Police
  • Tym Rourke, Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
  • Sandi Coyle, Director of Recovery Services at Fedcap
  • Annette Escalante, Vice President at Keystone Hall
  • Carly Fiorina

2:00 – 2:15 pm    Remarks - Carly Fiorina

2:30 – 3:00 pm   Remarks with Q&A - Governor Jeb Bush (FL)

– 3:45 pm   Cities, communities and law enforcement respond to the Opioid Epidemic
  • Colonel Robert L. Quinn, Director, Division of State Police
  • Kriss Blevens, Board of Directors at The Farnum Center, HOPE for NH Recovery, and Families in Transition
  • Holly Cekala, Director of Recovery Support Services at Hope for NH Recovery
  • Dean LeMire, Regional Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator

3:45 - 4:00 pm  
Remarks & Closing - Jessica Nickel, Executive Director