Dear Community Member,
We have been hearing and reading a great deal lately about the increasing presence of heroin and fentanyl creating an opioid crisis now facing New Hampshire communities and many other states. While there is certainly a great deal of evidence to suggest that we should be concerned about the increasing presence and availability of these dangerous drugs, a group of us in the community have also been reviewing the NH Youth Risk Behavior Survey data and have become very concerned about the high rates of alcohol and drug misuse among our young people.
Our immediate response to this kind of troubling data is usually a sense of denial, or disbelief that this growing trend could possibly be happening here, “Not in our community.” However, for the wide range of adults who work with our students in this and nearby communities, whether it is in the classroom, athletic fields, or club and group activities, we have become very concerned about the increasing use and misuse of alcohol among our Bow students. Continuing concerns related to substances misuse issues in the Bow/Dunbarton School District have prompted a group of administrators, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement and healthcare professionals to propose the founding of a new Community Wellness Coalition of Bow/Dunbarton to work together on raising awareness about these issues.
We need your help because it will take many people, with unique skills and talents, to even begin to fight for our kids, families and community in the struggle against substance misuse, which includes alcohol. The communities of Bow and Dunbarton have a wealth of resources and many talented people which is why we are asking everyone to join forces to develop a plan to stop the epidemic of substance misuse. We hope you will join us and bring your ideas and talents to create effective solutions. We cannot do it alone, but together we can make a difference.
How can you make a difference? Contact Angel Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Coalition; join us for a meeting the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 (3/10, 4/7) in the Bow High School Library/Learning Commons.
Join us for our first outreach event, the screening of The Anonymous People and a discussion of the film afterward on Tuesday, March 22 (snow date, 3/29) in the Bow High School auditorium. Dinner and childcare will be provided at 5:30 with the film starting at 6:00.
The Community Wellness Coalition of Bow/Dunbarton
The Community Wellness Coalition of Bow/Dunbarton will foster partnerships between families, youth, community groups and resources to improve prevention measures for substance misuse issues. The coalition will use data to identify specific areas of focus and leverage proven best practices to help the wider community increase substance misuse prevention efforts leading to a decrease in substance misuse.