Community invited to participate in opioid conversation

Published: 8/8/2019 10:45:34 AM

On Thursday, Aug. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m., all interested community members from the Monadnock Region are encouraged to participate in a conversation to begin the process to help “Create a strategic blueprint to build and strengthen the community in order to reduce the harms associated with substance use disorders.”

The meeting of the Monadnock Rural Community Opioid Response Program Planning Project will be held at Delegation Hall in the County Hall Building, on the 2nd Floor located at 12 Court St. in Keene.

Why now? The Health Resources Services Administration awarded a Rural Communities Opioid Response Program planning grant to Cheshire County to serve the Monadnock Region. The planning project provides an opportunity for all community members concerned about and touched by the opioid crisis to work together to create a comprehensive plan.

What will happen? After a brief overview of the planning project, small groups will share their thoughts on the risk factors and community assets associated with substance use in the region. Attendees will have a chance to sign up for further participation, for trainings, to provide expertise and to share their experiences.

Everyone is invited especially those whose life, career, family, or friends have been impacted by opioid misuse, overdose or substance use disorder. There will be future opportunities to participate in conversations and meetings, in focus groups and working hands-on with subcommittees.

What will be the outcome of the meeting? This is just a first step in examining the issues of substance use in the community as we begin to create a plan with the support of federally funded grant. We will begin the process of gathering people and gathering information towards a vision of “Creating a strategic blueprint to build and strengthen the community in order to reduce the harms associated with substance use disorders.”

RSVP is appreciated but not necessary. Contact Project Manager Beth Shrader at to RSVP, for more information or to learn about assistance with transportation costs to this and other associated meetings.

Information is also available through the project partners at Keene Serenity Center, Phoenix House, Monadnock Family Service and The Doorway at Cheshire Medical Center. Visit the event page on Facebook at Monadnock-Rural-Communities-Opioid-Response-Program-Planning-Project.


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