The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that drug and alcohol abuse costs the United States $559 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs, crime and lost productivity. This doesn’t even take into account the very real suffering of those who become dependent as well as their families and communities.
The North Country Regional Prevention Network serves as part of the North Country Public Health Network. Its primary mission is to reduce consequences of alcoholism and drug addiction by preventing youth substance misuse. It works to accomplish this mission by using a three-pronged approach:
The North Country Prevention Network works with the other 12 prevention networks in the state to share strategies on how to best address the consequences of alcohol and drug addiction at the state level.
A Public Health Advisory Council (PHAC) provides guidance and oversight to regional prevention efforts. To learn more about the Public Health Advisory Council, click here.
The North Country Public Health Network is committed to identifying and coordinating a robust and effective Continuum of Care in Northern New Hampshire.
The North Country Public Health Network...
Promotes the utilization of Resiliency and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care, including assessment of substance use disorder services within Northern NH, and
Is developing a mechanism to coordinate efforts between key Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery stakeholders.
For more information about the North Country Continuum of Care efforts, please contact Laura Hosley, CoC Facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services' Continuum of Care Initiative at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/continuum-of-care.htm
Learn about NH's model for Continuum of Care by watching the following webinar: Continuum of Care - NH's Vision (20 min) introduces a framework that encourages communities to support resiliency and recovery and to lay the foundation for public health regions to begin to address the gaps in the continuum over time. (*Note: The presentation may take a few moments to load. Click "use Java" if you do not want to download WebEx.)