New Hampshire’s drug and alcohol problem is not new.
But its increased lethality has focused public attention on the crisis.
- In 2016, 485 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
- Participating in a statewide comprehensive public-private initiative to tackle the chronic problem of addiction. Tym Rourke, the director of the Foundation’s “New Hampshire Tomorrow” initiative, is a member and past chair of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery.
- Investing in public policy and advocacy, including the work of New Futures (which was launched by the Foundation in 1997) to reduce and prevent alcohol and drug use; and in work that expanded health insurance coverage for treatment.
- Preventing youth substance use by supporting New Hampshire’s system of Regional Public Health Networks and by funding proven programs, like Life of an Athlete, Youth Leadership Through Adventure, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Hampshire and Media Power Youth.
- Securing grant funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and partnering with medical practices to implement the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, a proven screening and intervention protocol, as part of primary health care.
- Investing in the Center for Excellence in Alcohol and Other Drug Services to provide communities, practitioners, policymakers and others with best practices, education, and technical assistance.
- Funding treatment centers so they are prepared to care for more patients under the Affordable Care Act.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.