Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse Prevention

In 2007, the State of New Hampshire launched a progressive Regional Network System for alcohol and drug misuse prevention. The Greater Nashua Prevention Network also known as Beyond Influence was created through this statewide initiative to deliver comprehensive, multi-level, date driven, community based prevention to the Greater Nashua Region. 

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Beyond Influence

BeyondI-logo (2)Beyond Influence believes that by promoting healthy choices and habits while simultaneously dispelling the common misconceptions surrounding drinking, smoking and substance use, we, as a community, will provide our population with the tools necessary to say ‘no’ and avoid the numerous pitfalls and dangers associated with substance use.

Beyond Influence seeks to create an environment where all youth and young adults receive support from their families, social networks and communities to achieve their maximum potential. We serve and support the communities of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Wilton, New Hampshire. 

By engaging community members in a coordinated effort to promote behaviors that measurably improve the health and well being of our youth and young adults, Beyond Influence seeks to prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and substances. Beyond Influence seeks the participation of individuals, organizations, businesses, schools, legal system representatives, teens, young adults and their families in a concerted effort to dispel misconceptions surrounding substance abuse and promote positive social norms among youth.

Get involved and stay connected by following Beyond Influence on Facebook 

Substance Misuse Continuum of Care

The Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care (SUDCoC) represents the ideal integrated framework that covers Prevention, Promotion, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery. This framework is based on the Resiliency and Recovery Oriented System of Care model which depicts synergy, collaboration, and communication with key stakeholders within the Greater Nashua Public Health Region. It “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” (Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS), 2016).  Whole-person and whole-community support is vital for the SUDCoC’s success in promoting health, preventing the misuse of substance and overdoses, assuring access to patient-centered and individualized  treatment, and helping those suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) achieve supported, long term recovery.

Substance Misuse Continuum of Care Facilitator 

Throughout this public health crisis New Hampshire has seen a significant rise in substance use, followed by an increase in demand for SUD services. This increase in demand for services exposed major gaps and barriers within the network of services and the SUDCoC. In response to identifying and acknowledging these gaps in access, BDAS created a position with the main commitment to “developing comprehensive, effective, and accessible continuum of care in every region of the state that includes prevention identification and early intervention, treatment, and recovery supports, and integrated with primary and behavioral health” (BDAS, 2016).COC

Every public health region in New Hampshire now has a Substance Misuse Continuum of Care Facilitator. In addition to engaging and networking within the region, the Substance Misuse CoC Facilitator is tasked with increasing awareness and access to services, increasing communication and collaboration among regional partners, and building capacity and delivery of services within the region.

Access to Services

If you are looking for access to Mental or Behavioral Health or SUD services in the Greater Nashua Region, please visit the Community Connections Guide to Recovery.

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Contact Information

Patty Crooker, Public Health Network Services Coordinator

Email: CrookerP@NashuaNH.gov Phone: 603-589-4507

Lisa Vasquez, Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator 

Email: Vasquezl@nashuanh.gov Phone: 603-589-4538