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Oct 14, 2015 5:37 PM

Landrigan: Nashua drug forum focuses on solutions, not just talk


NASHUA - "We needed to spend a little time as a community as a state coming together and talking about the problem but that time indeed is beginning to pass,’’ says Tym Rourke, chairman of the New Hampshire Commission on Substance Abuse.

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau leads this call to action at today’s summit focused on finding solutions to the drug epidemic.

A Nashua Police lieutenant says working follow through directly with addicts has been eye-opening.

"The knowledge in the last year is unbelievable knowing how these people are dealing with the problem. And now one day we’re arresting them and the next day I am developing a plan to treat them,’’ says Lieut. Kevin Rourke.

An advocate identifies a particular weakness in New Hampshire’s network.

"Every other state in New England has a pretty developed recovery support system in the form of recovery community centers,’’ says Linda Paquette, executive director of New Futures.

The governor closed her speech with optimism.

"But we will be successful because we are Granite Staters and we work together to do hard things,’’ Hassan said to applause.

Yet the keynote speaker says everyone knows the biggest obstacle to solving this problem.

"Let’s be super, super clear,’’ Tym Rourke summed up. "This is about money and will. This issue is about money and will.’’

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