John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 14, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
*UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY* Bedford Police to Host “Substance Abuse, From the Border to Our Corner” Event
BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John Bryfonski announces that the Bedford Police Department will be hosting a community forum event this month to discuss the growing opioid crisis.
The “Substance Abuse, From the Border to Our Corner” event will feature a special screening of the FBI/DEA film, “Chasing the Dragon,” followed by a panel discussion about the nationwide opioid crisis, specifically about how it is affecting New Hampshire and the Bedford community.
Thursday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- General Admission: 6:00 p.m.
29 Commerce Drive, Bedford, N.H. 03110
“Substance Abuse, From the Border to Our Corner” will begin with a special viewing of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a video produced by the FBI and DEA to raise awareness about opioid addiction, which will serve as a basis for discussion.
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte will join a group of panelists who will address what is being done to address the opioid crisis from a national, international, regional, state, and local level, with a specific focus on federal legislation and law enforcement efforts to reduce the supply of heroin and fentanyl.
Bedford Town Council Members, Bedford School Superintendent and School Board Members, Bedford State Congressional Members, Bedford Corporate Leaders, Regional Treatment and Recovery Leadership, Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission Members, Bedford Acting Town Manager Rick Sawyer, Bedford Clergy and other community leaders will be in attendance.
Additionally, Bedford’s new Community Coalition Group, Bedford Building Our Lives Drug Free (BeBOLD), will have an informational table set up in the lobby at the event.
- U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte
- Jon DeLena, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge
- Scott O’Donnell, FBI Supervisory Special Agent
- Colonel Robert Quinn, N.H. State Police
- Moderator Chief John Bryfonski, Bedford Police
- Jim Scanlon, Former Bedford Town Council Chairman
- Treatment and Recovery Executives from the Region
- Chief Robert Cormier, President of N.H. Chiefs of Police Association
For more information or questions about the event, contact Sgt. Kyle Thrasher at [email protected].