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Concerns about substances: Our community, our solutions

Posted 04/18/03, by Amanda Weatherman

Beginning on Thursday, May 1, a series of events addressing issues of substance abuse in the region will take place at Dartmouth and in the local community. C. Everett Koop '37, former U.S. Surgeon General and Senior Scholar at the C. Everett Koop Institute will speak on the topic of addiction on May 1 at 7 p.m. in Filene Auditorium of Moore Hall. He will be joined by Mark McGovern, Director of the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education (DCARE) and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, for a question-and-answer period. Koop's talk, presented by the Koop Institute and DCARE, is sponsored by the John P. McGovern Annual Award Lectureship on Science and Society, and is open to the public.

On Tuesday, May 6, fellows from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be joined by fellows from the Koop Institute, and local professionals dealing with substance-abuse issues for "An Upper Valley Community Meeting on our Problems with Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs." The community meeting, which will take place in the Hanover High School auditorium at 7 p.m., is sponsored by the Koop Institute, DCARE, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Health Education Program, and the Community Substance Abuse Advisory Council. Earlier that day, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellows will meet with Koop and visit local schools, addiction treatment centers and other organizations dealing with substance abuse and prevention. Their hope is to learn more about substance abuse issues specific to the Upper Valley area.

New Hampshire and Vermont are in the top quartile in the United States for alcohol addiction among adults, and for marijuana and tobacco abuse among teenagers, according to figures from the Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Despite their considerable problems with substance abuse and related issues, New Hampshire and Vermont are also at the bottom of the list in terms of funding for treatment and prevention,"said McGovern. "While there are hundreds of devoted and talented community members and substance abuse professionals deeply engaged in these issues, they are working with limited resources."

He also mentioned that compensation for addiction counselors tends to be so low that it discourages many from entering the profession. McGovern said that he and others involved with substance abuse treatment hope that the events in early May will help bring community members together around a common problem.

"We need to talk about these problems with the hope that we can develop solutions that fit our community's unique needs," he said.

For information on the public meeting or the lecture, call DCARE at 646-9215.

-Amanda Weatherman

Lecture

By: C. Everett Koop
Date: Thursday, May 1
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
Admission: Free, public

Community meeting

Tuesday, May 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Hanover High School Auditorium
Admission: Free, public

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