This Friday, in my capacity as the chairman of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee, I’ll be moderating a discussion on one of the most pressing issues New Hampshire faces today: the explosion in the use of, and addiction to, heroin.

New Hampshire is one of the most impacted states in the country, in terms of addiction, while at the same having fewer readily-available treatment options per capita than virtually any state. It has received national attention (ranging from the Daily Beast to the New York Times), and was identified as a top priority of our committee.  Thus, this Friday’s program – where you are both invited and encouraged to attend. It is free and open to the public.

It will take place this Friday, December 4th, from 8-9:15 am, at Strawbery Banke’s Tyco Center Conference Room, in Portsmouth. I’ll moderate a discussion with the following panelists:

  • Tym Rourke, Chair of Governor Hassan’s Commission on Substance Abuse, Treatment and Recovery, and Director of Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking and Strategic Initiatives for the NH Charitable Foundation
  • Helen Taft, Executive Director of Families First
  • Peter Fifield LCM HC, Manager of Behavior Health Services for Families First
  • A representative of the Portsmouth Police Department (tentative)

After an initial discussion among the panelists, the balance of the program will turn to audience Q&A. The doors open at 7:45 am with coffee and donuts.  The program begins promptly at 8 am, and formally ends at 9:15 am. Parking is FREE and adjacent to the Tyco Center at Strawbery Banke.  The public is welcome to participate. If you have questions, please email me at