SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment) will help adolescents and young adults identify — and avoid — behaviors that could lead to a lifetime of disease. Read more.

SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment) will help adolescents and young adults identify — and avoid — behaviors that could lead to a lifetime of disease. Read more.

Substance Use Disorders Portfolio

Preventing drug and alcohol addiction

The Foundation has made a long-term commitment to reduce substance use among New Hampshire youth.

New Hampshire’s drug and alcohol problem is not new.

But its increased lethality has focused public attention on the crisis.

  • In 2015, 439 people died from drug overdoses in New Hampshire.
  • New Hampshire’s young people have among the highest rates of substance use in the country.
  • New Hampshire ranks third in the U.S. in drug deaths per capita.
  • Substance use costs New Hampshire $2 billion annually in lost worker productivity and earnings, healthcare costs, public safety and criminal justice expenses.
  • More than 100,000 people are in need of treatment for the disease of addiction in New Hampshire. Only between four and six percent get that treatment.


These are big problems.

The Foundation is working on big solutions. Through our Substance Use Disorders Portfolio – made possible by the generosity and vision of Foundation donors – we’re working with a comprehensive network of partners to implement proven prevention strategies, expand access to treatment and support recovery. More than $42 million has been granted from this portfolio since 1996.

We are committed to changing the curve on youth substance use – by creating and supporting systems to drive change. As part of its New Hampshire Tomorrow agenda, the Foundation has made a multiyear, multimillion dollar commitment to reducing substance use among New Hampshire youth.


What we’re doing

 

Funding opportunities

Our current grantmaking strategy is linked to the initiatives listed above and is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Tym Rourke, director of substance use disorders grantmaking, at timothy.rourke@nhcf.org or 603-225-6641 ext. 295.

You can help

We are committed to changing the curve on youth substance use.
Working together, we can make a difference. With your help, we can save lives.

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We're here to help

To learn more about our work to combat substance use disorders, contact:

Tym Rourke
  • Tym Rourke
  • Director of Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking