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January 17. 2014 11:40PM

Hassan will speak at substance abuse conference at Pinkerton

DERRY — Gov. Maggie Hassan is scheduled to speak during a substance abuse conference Wednesday at Pinkerton Academy.

The conference, Substance Misuse Treatment and Trends, will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the high school’s Stockbridge Theatre. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The Center for Life Management will host the event with funding provided by the N.H. Bureau of Behavioral Health.

Celia Felsenberg, the center’s director of adult and emergency services, said Friday that the conference is geared to professionals, including mental health specialists, guidance counselors, school nurses, medical professionals, law enforcement and others.

Felsenberg and Nicholas Pfeifer, also of the Center for Life Management, discussed some of the topics that will be covered in the conference. They also mentioned some of the trends they are seeing with substance abuse in the state.

“The biggest reason for doing this is just to bring all of these providers together to respond to a pretty prevalent issue in the state,” Felsenberg said. “And we are trying to do what we can to move things in a more positive direction with resources and collaboration.”

Pfeifer said substance abuse professionals are seeing an increase in the abuse of prescription medications, such as pain killers, along with heroin use. He said there has been a significant increase in heroin use by people in the age range of 18 to 25 in Rockingham County.

Pfeifer and Felsenberg said more information and statistics would be provided on these trends at the conference.

Also scheduled to speak are: Joseph Harding, director, N.H. Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services; and Dr. Thomas Andrew, state of N.H. medical examiner.

A panel discussion will follow with community experts representing school guidance, law enforcement, emergency medicine, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Anyone who would like to attend the conference is asked to preregister at www.centerforlifemanagement.org. There is no admission charge.

For questions or more information, call 965-0733 or email jsantos@clmnh.org.



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