SAU 16 to Host Forum on Substance Use Disorders


New Hampshire SAU 16
Dr. David Ryan, Superintendent
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

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

SAU 16 to Host Forum on Substance Use Disorders

Gov. Chris Sununu  to Present on “The Doorway-NH” Program

EXETER — Superintendent David Ryan is pleased to announce that SAU 16 will be serving as host to the Rotary Club of Exeter and the Seacoast Rotary Club of Portsmouth for their educational forum next month on reducing the stigma associated with substance use.


Tuesday, March 5  from 6-8 p.m.


Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive


  • Gov. Chris Sununu
  • Chief of Police Bob MacKenzie, Kennebunk, Maine
  • Jim Moser and Jeanne Moser of The Zero Left Campaign
  • Executive Director of the SOS Recovery Center in Dover John Burns
  • A person who will share their experience with addiction and recovery


The event is the first of four educational forums put on by the rotary clubs to reduce the stigma around people with a substance use disorder.

Gov. Chris Sununu will present “The Doorway-NH” at the forum, a new program that will open nine centers, called “doorways,” around the state that will offer treatment and recovery services to people with substance use disorders, or those who struggle with substance use. Each center will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the needs of residents with a substance use disorder seeking treatment.

Training on how to properly administer Narcan will be offered at the forum, as well as doses of the opioid reversal drug for anyone who would like to carry it in the event they witness an overdose.

“We are so pleased to have been asked to serve as the first site for this forum and we invite all community members who may be struggling with a substance use disorder or have a loved one who is to addend,” Superintendent Ryan said. “This forum will serve as a great opportunity to further educate our community members about the available resources around us and to remind everyone that we are all working together to address these issues.”

Additional forums will be held in Portsmouth, Hampton, and Dover.

For more information about the event, contact Kathy Flygare, President of the Rotary Club of Exeter, at 603-770-6728 or [email protected].