Addiction Policy Forum Launches Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Response Blueprint for New Hampshire
Concord, N.H. - The Addiction Policy Forum, a national addiction nonprofit, is releasing today its Blueprint for New Hampshire: Implementing a Comprehensive Response to Addiction. New Hampshire has been a leader in aggressively responding to addiction. The recommendations outlined in this plan expand upon these efforts and ensure the state has a comprehensive approach to addressing addiction.
The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis of substance misuse, addiction, and overdose. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 63,600 people died from a drug overdose in 2016. Among them, 481 people died from drug and alcohol overdoses in New Hampshire. This represents an increase of fourteen percent from 2015, largely due to the rise in opioid-related deaths.
“We lost our daughter from the disease of addiction. No family should have to go through that,” says Doug Griffin, chair of Addiction Policy Forum’s New Hampshire chapter. “The Blueprint highlights needed changes to keep New Hampshire children and families safer and healthier.”
With the assistance and input from the Addiction Policy Forum’s network of New Hampshire patients, families and addiction policy leaders, New Hampshire is the fifth jurisdiction to receive a comprehensive blueprint from the Addiction Policy Forum. The Blueprint for New Hampshire provides recommendations in seven strategic areas to implement a comprehensive response to addiction in New Hampshire:
- Advocating and Educating
- Helping Families in Crisis
- Preventing Addiction
- Expanding Treatment Access and Integration into Healthcare
- Expanding Recovery Support
- Protecting Children Impacted by Parental Substance Use Disorder
- Reframing the Criminal Justice System
“Addiction is a disease that touches so many families and so many sectors of society,” says Mark O’Brien, Addiction Policy Forum’s Vice President of State Affairs. “It’s critical that our responses take a holistic approach that includes everything from prevention, treatment, and recovery to overdose reversal, child welfare, and criminal justice.”
About Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform. Jessica Hulsey Nickel, whose own family was devastated by addiction, is the founder of a coalition of 1,700 families impacted by substance use disorders and is available for further explanation and interviews by media.
More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.