FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 8, 2017
Contact: Granite Health Communications
603-415-1300

Tym Rourke, Director of substance abuse grant-making at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment.

“To make that kind of resource available to patients is just fantastic,” Rourke said. “It’s another tool in the toolbox and I think it demonstrates a really clear example of the role healthcare providers can play in helping mitigate the harm that can be caused by the misuse of opioid prescriptions.” – New Hampshire Union Leader

Chris Sununu, Governor – New Hampshire

“Today’s announcement will go a long way in helping our state prevent and combat addiction. These organizations are taking tangible steps towards combating the substance misuse crisis and should be commended.” – Granite Health Press Release

Jeanne Shaheen, Senator – New Hampshire

“This new grant will make a difference in New Hampshire’s fight to combat the opioid epidemic. Granite Health’s initiatives to implement drug take-back programs and support prevention efforts across the state will help safeguard Granite State families and communities from prescription opioid misuse. We must continue to invest in prevention, treatment, and provide additional resources to our first responders so that we can stem the tide of this devastating epidemic” – Granite Health Press Release

Maggie Hassan, Senator – New Hampshire

“Strengthening prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts is essential to combating the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis that is devastating communities across New Hampshire and taking a toll on our economy,” said Senator Hassan. “By using these grants to help prevent the overprescribing of opioids and to safely dispose of excess medication, Granite Health is playing an important role in continuing the important work of Jim and Jeanne Moser and their Zero Left Campaign to stem – and reverse – the tide of addiction that is rooted in large part from the overprescribing of opioids. I commend Tufts Health Freedom Plan and Northeast Delta [Dental] for awarding Granite Health these critical grants and for their commitment to bettering the health and well-being of our people and our entire state.” –  Granite Health Press Release

Jeb Bradley, State Senator (Wolfeboro) – New Hampshire

“Tufts Health [Freedom Plan] and Northeast Delta Dental are to be commended for their support of Granite Health’s initiatives to reduce one of the main causes of the heroin crisis in New Hampshire which is the abuse of prescription pain medications leftover from a surgery or illness. These initiatives, including drug take-back programs, provider education and the use of deactivation pouches are proven to be successful in combating this crisis. Additional funding from these organizations will help to build upon those successes. Additionally, the Moser family should be recognized for their willingness to turn the tragic loss of a loved one to the drug crisis into real action designed to prevent further loss of life is truly extraordinary and commendable.” – Granite Health Press Release