Substance abuse forum in Conway

by Christian Mower on May 8, 2014

An organizer of a public forum Thursday night in Conway to discuss underage drinking says it will provide an opportunity for the community to come together, get good information and rally.

Jennifer Selfridge of the Carroll County Coalition for Public Health says New Hampshire ranks second in the U.S. for alcohol use among 12 to 20-year-olds and youth surveys conducted in Carroll County in 2013 showed nearly 40 percent of responding students had had at least one drink of alcohol in the previous month – and nearly a quarter said they engaged in binge drinking.

That means they had five or more drinks in a row, within a couple of hours.

The Carroll County Substance Misuse Prevention Network is hosting Thursday night’s forum at Kennett High School’s Loynd Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. The session is scheduled to run about an hour and a half.

Selfridge says an expert panel at the forum will talk about the ramifications of underage drinking. Panel members will include Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon, Conway Police Lt. Chris Perley and Dr. Kim Goodwin of Memorial Hospital.

Attendees will be able to sign up to address youth alcohol and other drug use going forward.

The Carroll County Coalition for Public Health was established in 2009 and is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of citizens in the region.