State: New Hampshire
Client(s): New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning
Technical Expertise: Substance Use
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic affecting youth and adults across the country, including New Hampshire, where there were more prescription drug overdose deaths than traffic fatalities in 2009.
To support on-going legislative effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and to broaden the state's response to one that involves comprehensive, collaborative and coordinated strategies, the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment called state and community leaders and federal partners to a strategy summit to help design New Hampshire's response to the crisis.
The NH Charitable Foundation, on behalf of the Governor's Commission, contracted with JSI/Community Health Institute to provide event management services for the October 3, 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Strategy Summit, which brought together over 175 stakeholders from state government, communities, law enforcement, business and healthcare to respond to recommended strategies to prevent prescription drug abuse in the state. The outcome of the summit was a shared vision and broad stakeholder commitment to the state's prescription drug abuse prevention plan which went before the Governor in December 2011.
In the most recent prescription drug take-back effort in New Hampshire, led by the Federal DEA in partnership with state and local leaders, over 4,000 pounds - 10% of all prescription drugs collected in this national event - were collected in New Hampshire. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Safety and the Department of Corrections have each made great strides toward addressing the issue within their agencies.