NH Department of Health and Human Services Urges Residents to Take Precautions Against Multiple Diseases Carried by Ticks

Posted Wed, May 17 at 12:00am

NH Department of Health and Human Services                                
129 Pleasant Street – Hugh Gallen State Office Park 
Concord, NH 03301

PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jake Leon, Director of Communications 
May 16, 2017 603-271-9290 or jake.leon@dhhs.nh.gov


                                                                               
NH Department of Health and Human Services Urges Residents to Take Precautions Against Multiple Diseases Carried by Ticks

Concord, NH – The ticks are already out in New Hampshire, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) wants to remind people living in and visiting the State to take precautions against being bitten by ticks and potentially exposed to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. New Hampshire has one of the highest incidence rates of Lyme in the country. According to the DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), there were an estimated 1,373 cases of Lyme disease identified in the State in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available. 

Tick bites can cause other diseases besides Lyme disease. In 2015, there were also 110 cases of anaplasmosis reported, which is caused by a bacterium, and 53 cases of babesiosis, which is caused by a parasite. There have also been two cases of the Powassan virus in New Hampshire residents, the first in 2013 and second in 2016, but it is not known if these were acquired in New Hampshire. The majority of Powassan cases are seen in the Northeast and upper Midwest, which is similar to anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Lyme disease. These diseases are all transmitted by the blacklegged (or deer) tick.

“Ticks are out, and while we want to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, we also want to encourage people to take steps to prevent themselves, family members, and pets from being bitten by ticks,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, NH State Epidemiologist. “Preventing tick bites is the best way to avoid getting sick from any number of diseases that ticks can carry.” 

DHHS recommends taking the following precautions to prevent tick bites:
Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter 
Use an insect repellent containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus every time you spend time outdoors
Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin)
Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members, and pets after being outdoors
Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short and removing leaf litter
Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large bull’s-eye rash anywhere on you
To remove an imbedded tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible or if none is available use your fingernails. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick. The greatest risk for Lyme is between the months of May and August, when the blacklegged tick is in the juvenile stage; it’s the size of a poppy seed and very difficult to detect, so individuals may be unaware that they have been bitten.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include fever, headache, fatigue, and often a skin rash that is round and/or looks like a bullseye. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left untreated can lead to severe headaches and neck pain caused by meningitis (inflammation of the protective covering surrounding the brain and spinal cord), pain and swelling in the large joints, shooting nerve pains, and abnormal heart rhythms. 

Symptoms of anaplasmosis and babesiosis may include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches; some individuals may not have symptoms. Individuals who are older or whose immune system may not function well can have severe infection with these organisms requiring hospitalization. Both anaplasmosis and babesiosis are treatable with antibiotics.  

Powassan is caused by a virus transmitted through the bite of a black-legged tick, and symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and seizures. Approximately half of people who become sick from Powassan have permanent neurological symptoms, such as recurrent headaches, muscle wasting, and memory problems. There is no specific treatment for Powassan.

For more information about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/ or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/ticks/ . 

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Youth Leaders in Action…

Posted Fri, May 12 at 12:00am

Tiffany White and Abigail Thomas,  members of theFuture Business Leaders of America at Prospect Mountain High School, competedagainst other NH schools in an FBLA Community Service Project andPresentation.  This team presented on the Connect Suicide PreventionTraining they received from NAMI NH and the Partnership for PublicHealth.  They took 1st Place in that state completion  andwill travel to California to compete at Nationals this June!  We are proudto support these incredible students in their suicide prevention efforts! Way to go PMHS!




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Suicide Prevention Team from Prospect Mountain High School is collaborating with the Partnership for Public Health to develop a safe messaging public service announcement

Posted Fri, May 12 at 12:00am

Pictured here are Amie Felker, Laurie Maheu, Tiffany White,Sadie DeJager, Abigai Thomas, Kayla Haynes , Sydney DeJager and KelleyGaspa.  This Suicide Prevention Team from Prospect Mountain High School iscollaborating with the Partnership for Public Health to develop a safemessaging public service announcement to be shared with their fellowclassmates.  Their goal is to educate the school community on theimportance of eliminating stigmatizing language when talking aboutsuicide.  Way to go PMHS!


 

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May is prom month have you talked with your teen about their plans for safe and sober fun?

Posted Tue, May 09 at 12:00am

May is prom month; have you talked with your teen abouttheir plans for safe and sober fun?

Here are some great tips to ensure your teen and theirfriends have a safe celebration!


http://www.drugfreenh.org/get-information/safe-celebrations

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Are you concerned about your child’s use of alcohol or other drugs?

Posted Thu, Apr 27 at 12:00am

Are you concerned about your child’s useof alcohol or other drugs?

 

Peer Support Group for Family Members ofa Loved One living with Substance Use Issues

 

                                 -    Free    

-        Confidential

-        Comprised of Peers

-        Respectful of others’ views

-        Accepting of chemical dependency as a treatabledisease of the brain

-        Always hopeful

F.A.S.T.E.R.Parent Support Group

(FamiliesAdvocating Substance Treatment, Education & Recovery)

The group is held the2nd and 4th Thursday every month

          6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Laconia PoliceDepartment, 126 New Salem Street, Laconia

Contact Nancy (603) 293-0960or Darcy (603) 998-9637

Walk-InsWelcome


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Nurturing Skills for Families

Posted Thu, Apr 20 at 12:00am


Attend one module or all 4! You can start with any module and still complete the series.
Choose day or evening classes!
Thursdays 11:00am-1:00pm, lunch included OR Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, dinner served at 5:30.
Participation is free. Satisfies court-mandated parenting class requirements.
Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation available upon request.
Orientation, pre-assessment & post-assessment surveys are part of the series.
To register: Contact Tricia T. at 528-0391 or email tricia.tousignant@lrcs.org


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New Article on Cannabis Health Effects

Posted Tue, Apr 18 at 12:00am

Here is a well-written article on the little know health effects of marijuana published in Journalist’s Resource, an online publication by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

Read the entire article today: 

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Crossroad: The NH Opioid Reporting Project explores how government, the healthcare system and local communities are responding to the crisis.

Posted Wed, Apr 12 at 12:00am

Crossroad: The NH Opioid Reporting Project explores how government, the healthcare system and local communities are responding to the crisis.

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BELKNAP AND MERRIMACK COUNTIES Rank #7 and #4 healthiest in New Hampshire

Posted Wed, Apr 05 at 12:00am

Partnership for Public Health (PPH)
67 Water Street, Suite 105
Laconia, NH   03246


PRESS RELEASE Contact: PPH at 603-528-2145 
April 5, 2017 www.pphnh.org                          
Twitter: @PPHNH
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BELKNAP AND MERRIMACK COUNTIES Rank #7 and #4 healthiest in New Hampshire, respectively in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 8th Annual County Health Rankings
  
Laconia, NH – Belknap* and Merrimack* Counties Rank #7 and #4 healthiest in New Hampshire, respectively according to the eighth annual County Health Rankings, recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of  Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The County Health Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org. 

“Health outcomes and health risks are highly influenced by age and the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play,” said Shelley Carita, Executive Director, Partnership for Public Health.

The Partnership for Public Health and the Winnipesaukee Public Health Council is working with regional partners to address health outcomes, health factors, policies and programs identified by the Rankings and the Winnipesaukee Region’s Health Improvement Plan. Priorities of the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region include:
Preparing for emergencies, including planning and exercising to quickly distribute medications to residents;
Impacting substance misuse by implementing evidence-based prevention programs;
Facilitating the development of a robust regional substance use continuum of care; and 
Improving the health and well-being of older adults and their caregivers

For information about the Partnership for Public Health and the Winnipesaukee Public Health Council, visit www.pphnh.org.
 
*The Winnipesaukee Public Health Region includes the following municipalities:  (Belknap County: Alton, Barnstead, Belmont, Center Harbor, Gilford, Gilmanton, Meredith, Laconia, New Hampton, Sanbornton and Tilton), and Merrimack County: Danbury, Franklin, Hill and Northfield).

To learn more about the County Health Rankings 2017 findings, go to countyhealthrankings.org. 
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Congratulations to Franklin High School on all their fantastic work in Suicide prevention!

Posted Thu, Mar 30 at 12:00am

Congratulations to Franklin High School on all their fantastic work in Suicide prevention! As of today ALL students at FHShave now been trained in Youth to Youth Suicide Prevention!  ThePartnership for Public Health is proud to have collaborated with NAMI NH, JennSumner, Amber Roux & Franklin High School students & staff to help makethis happen. Way to go FHS!  Keep up the fantastic work!

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Let’s reduce stigma together, let’s #SpeakUpNH. #Language Matters

Posted Wed, Mar 22 at 12:00am

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Students learn about impact of stress on the body as well as substance misuse and addiction

Posted Wed, Mar 22 at 12:00am

Pictured here are Laconia School District Social Worker, Melissa Pacini, Wellness Coordinator, Wendy Hills and Kelley Gaspa, Director of SUD Systems Integration at the Partnership for Public Health.  They are joined by Huot students Mary Lacey, Lexys Bladecki and  Josh Chandler following a presentation for Huot juniors entering the nursing and education workforce.  The presentation covered  the impact of stress on the body as well as substance misuse and addiction.  Students also participated in a meditation activity.  Special thanks to Gina McGuire & Patti Hines for coordinating the event.

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SoyNut Butter Recall Due to E.Coli

Posted Wed, Mar 08 at 12:00am

NH Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street - State Office Park South
Concord, NH 03301

PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jake Leon, Director of Communications
March 8, 2017 603-271-9290, Jake.Leon@dhhs.nh.gov 



SoyNut Butter Co. Recalls Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter Product Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Concord, NH - The SoyNut Butter Co. of Glenview, IL, is recalling all varieties of “I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters” and all varieties of “I.M. Healthy Granola” products because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7. Sixteen people infected with the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from nine states. At this time, there have not been any cases of E. coli O157:H7 linked to this outbreak identified in New Hampshire. 

The recalled products have been distributed to retailers in New Hampshire, including Shaw’s, Hannaford, Target, Market Basket, DeMoulas and Whole Foods locations; Hanover Coop, Littleton Coop, Lebanon Coop, and Philbrick’s Fresh Market in Portsmouth; and to the food distributor United Natural Foods Inc. Other locations may have received this product and consumers, food service establishments, and other institutions are encouraged to check to see if they have the recalled product.

“Due to the long shelf life of these products, it is important for consumers to check their shelves for any recalled product and dispose of it,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, DHHS State Epidemiologist. “If you do have any, stop using it even if some of the SoyNut Butter or granola was eaten or served and no one got sick.”

Recalled I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter is packaged in 15 oz. plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 lb. plastic tubs, and 45 lb. pails. Recalled SoyNut Butter varieties include Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate. Recalled I.M. Healthy Granola is packaged in individual serving packages, 12 oz. bags, 50 oz. bags, and 25 lb. bulk bags. Recalled I.M. Healthy Granola varieties include Original, Apple, Blueberry, and Raisin and Cranberry. All Best Buy dates of all varieties of these products are affected.

Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can cause illness. Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a bacteria that causes severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is a fever it usually is not very high. Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening. Very young children and the elderly are more likely to develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Antibiotics should not be used to treat this infection because they may increase the risk of HUS. Any consumers concerned about an illness should contact their healthcare provider. 

Consumers who have purchased recalled product are urged not to consume the product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or putting it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, or other animals can't eat it. Consumers with questions may contact SoyNut Butter Co. at 1-800-288-1012, Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.

For further information about E. coli visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/. For more information about the recall, go to https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm544976.htm.

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How to Access Naloxone in New Hampshire

Posted Tue, Feb 07 at 12:00am

Naloxone with a Prescription
Any physician or licensed prescriber may write a prescription for
naloxone, whether or not you are his or her patient. You don’t need to
say you need the medication for yourself or a loved one, and you may
ask for more than one script.
If you don’t have a doctor, you can use the New Hampshire Board of Medicine’s Physician
Prescription can be filled at any New Hampshire pharmacy that carries the medication.
(Call your pharmacy first to make sure they stock the medication.)
Naloxone without a Prescription
Naloxone is available at many New Hampshire pharmacies without a
prescription. For a full list of pharmacies with standing orders, visit:
(Call your pharmacy first to make sure they stock the medication.)
Through State-Contracted Health Centers or Treatment Providers
A limited number of free kits are available through participating
health centers and state-contracted substance use disorder treatment
providers for their clients, as they determine appropriate. For
a full list of all community health centers and state-contracted substance
use disorder treatment providers, visit:
Through State-Contracted Health Centers or Treatment Providers
Naloxone through Community Events
If you are at risk for opioid overdose and don’t have insurance that
covers the cost or cannot afford to purchase naloxone, free kits may be
available at community events held by Regional Public Health Networks.
For a full list of events, please visit:

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SHELLEY CARITA NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

Posted Thu, Feb 02 at 12:00am


PRESS NOTICE

Media Contact:  Shelley Carita - scarita@pphnh.org
February 2, 2017

For immediate release:

SHELLEY CARITA NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
LACONIA- Alida Millham, President of the Partnership for Public Health Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the hiring of Shelley (Proulx) Carita of Meredith, as the agency’s new Executive Director.  Lisa Morris had previously held the position but recently assumed the role of Director of Public Health for the State of New Hampshire.   Shelley most recently served as the Vice President for Development for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind where she successfully led the agency’s statewide fundraising and marketing programs for the past ten years.

Carita brings over 25 years of leadership experience in a wide variety of non-profit settings including; health care, human services, public housing, blindness, developmental disabilities, mental health, elderly services, drug prevention and disaster preparedness and response.   

Shelley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from New Hampshire College as well as Masters Degrees in Business and Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.    In addition, Shelley is an experienced fundraiser and holds her certification as a Certified Fundraising Executive from CFRE International.  

Ms. Carita served on the Partnership’s Board of Directors in 2005 and has remained active in the Lakes Region community. She is currently a member and Past President of the Gilford Rotary Club.   
“I am thrilled to be returning to the Lakes Region to work as the Executive Director for such a wonderful organization”, said Carita.   “It’s not only a great move for me professionally but personally it provides me with the opportunity to really make a difference by leading the public health efforts in the community where I live.” 

Alida Millham said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are very excited to have Shelley leading our team.  We are confident that her diverse non-profit management experience combined with her extensive marketing and fundraising skills will serve the Partnership well.”   

The Partnership for Public Health was formed in 2005.  The mission of the organization is to improve the health and well being of the Region through inter-organizational and public health improvement activities.  For more information about the work of the Partnership for Public Health call 528-2145 or visit the website at www.pphnh.org.  

To contact Shelley Carita: 
You may email: scarita@pphnh.org or
Call - 603-528-2145 x1700

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Naloxone Access-January 2017

Posted Fri, Jan 20 at 12:00am

BDAS has issued a new publication, released in January 2017, that describes the ways individuals can access the naloxone which includes pharmacies. 

This document can be accessed on the Anyone Anytime website.  

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Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

Posted Dec 13, 2016

Facing Addiction in America, the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, finds alcohol and drug misuse to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the report provides an in-depth look at the science of substance use disorders and addiction, calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the issue, and recommends actions we can take to prevent and treat these conditions, and promote recovery. 

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Health and Equity in New Hampshire:2013 Report Card

Posted Jul 28, 2016

This paper is one of a series published by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies on New Hampshire’s healthcare system and demographics. This particular report was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health & Refugee Affairs (OMHRA) with support from the federal State Partnership Grant to Improve Minority Health. The analysis and opinions expressed here, however, are those of the Center alone. 



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This Suicide Prevention Team from Prospect Mountain High School is collaborating with the Partnership for Public Health to develop a safe messaging public service announcement

Posted Fri, May 12 at 10:12am

Pictured here are Amie Felker, Laurie Maheu, Tiffany White, Sadie DeJager, Abigai Thomas, Kayla Haynes , Sydney DeJager and Kelley Gaspa.  This Suicide Prevention Team from Prospect Mountain High School is collaborating with the Partnership for Public Health to develop a safe messaging public service announcement to be shared with their fellow classmates.  Their goal is to educate the school community on the importance of eliminating stigmatizing language when talking about suicide.  Way to go PMHS!


 

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Crossroad: The NH Opioid Reporting Project explores how government, the healthcare system and local communities are responding to the crisis.

Posted Wed, Apr 12 at 09:56am

Crossroad: The NH Opioid Reporting Project explores how government, the healthcare system and local communities are responding to the crisis.

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Its National Public Health Week 2017!

Posted Mon, Apr 03 at 09:14am


Its National Public Health Week 2017! 

This week PPH will be sharing a few ways each day that the team works with the community to help improve our overall health and well being.

Do you know about our Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) work? Please check out this awesome program below!

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Its National Public Health Week 2017!

Posted Mon, Apr 03 at 09:10am


Its National Public Health Week 2017! 

This week PPH will be sharing a few ways each day that the team works with the community to help improve our overall health and well being.

Do you know about our Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) work? Please check out this awesome program below!

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Both Sides of the Door

Posted Thu, Mar 09 at 03:35pm

Both Sides of the Door is a moving presentation highlighting the experiences that survivors of suicide loss, first responders and law enforcement face in the event of a suicide.   It provides a look at how we can better support survivors of suicide loss both at the scene of a suicide and in the months that follow.  The presentation also looks at the impact on first responders and members law enforcement after responding to incidents of suicide.  Pictured here are John Dawson of PFLAG NH, Stacey Elliot-WSOSL Support Group Leader, Elaine Demello of NAMI NH, Sandy Lang-presenter and loss survivor, Kelley Gaspa of the Partnership for Public Health and Lt. Rich Simmons of the Laconia Police Department also a presenter.  John Dawson, Kelley Gaspa and Lt. Rich Simmons serve on the Winnipesaukee Suicide Prevention and Postvention Response team, a workgroup of the Partners in Community Wellness (PicWell) team.  Their work includes disseminating critical information, providing education and trainings throughout the Winnipesaukee Public Health Region and serving as a resource for all individuals impacted by suicide.  For more information please contact Kelley Gaspa, Director of Substance Use Disorder Systems Integration at kgaspa@pphnh.org.  

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New Hampshire’s Party Host Liability Law

Posted Nov 18, 2016

New Hampshire’s
Party Host Liability Law
Most underage drinkers get their alcohol from adults. In 2004 the NH Legislature passed a law (RSA 644:18) to hold “hosts” of parties responsible for the actions of underage participants. This law can be applied to any adult.
Under this law
Host means a person who:
?is at least 17 years old;
?owns, rents, or has control of the site;
?knows about the party; and
?knows that persons under the age of 21 have a plan to drink alcohol or use drugs;
Party means:
?Five or more people under the age of 21 (not related to the host) are present; and
?At least one person under the age of 21 has an alcoholic drink or an illegal drug.
What can happen to “hosts”?
Under this law, a person who hosts a party where minors drink alcohol or use drugs may be charged with a misdemeanor, fined up to $2,000 and spend a year in jail.
Law enforcement in NH takes underage drinking seriously. YOU can be part of the solution.
If you have information about area gatherings where youth have access to alcohol, make the call—
DIAL 2-1-1 and make an anonymous report.
A call to Project Monitor Under 21 will prevent a harmful situation from happening
before it occurs, and just may save a call to 9-1-1.
For more information about preventing underage drinking, click on the link for the Task Force at:
www.franklinnh.org


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Surgeon General To Release Landmark Report on November 17, 2016

Posted Nov 15, 2016

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