*Media Advisory* Rochester Coalition to Host Talk on Drug Prevention

City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867


Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

*Media Advisory* Rochester Coalition to Host Talk on Drug Prevention

ROCHESTER — Coalition Coordinator Molly Martuscello is pleased to announce that Bridging The Gaps, Rochester’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, is hosting “It Takes a Village: Community Talks,” an event focused on preventing substance use by youth in the city.


Thursday, March 16 from 6-8:30 p.m.


Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St.


Ann Duckless, Community Educator and Prevention Specialist for New Hampshire’s National Alliance on Mental Health


“It Takes a Village: Community Talks” seeks to provide resources, support and information for community members on the signs of substance abuse, and how to prevent drug use in the home. The event will focus on preventing drug use from a young age and delve into the factors that contribute to substance abuse.

Duckless, a local suicide prevention expert, will speak on how mental health and suicidal thoughts are connected to and enhanced by substance use.

This event is part one of a two-part series. The second Community Talk is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 18.

“This year, the coalition is focusing on giving community members tools to help support the young people of Rochester in the fight against substance use,” Martuscello said. “We encourage all Rochester residents to attend this year’s events.”

Both Community Talks are free and open to all community members. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the event or Bridging the Gaps, contact Molly Martuscello at [email protected]

Click here to view the event flyer.

About Bridging The Gaps:

Bridging The Gaps is Rochester’s drug and alcohol prevention coalition that works to reduce substance use among youth. The coalition members represent multiple community sectors including businesses, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, media, civic organizations, educators, health experts and substance use professionals.