Raymond Coalition For Youth News

Prevention Summit Brings Community, State and National Partners Together To Discuss Substance Abuse.
Submitted by Celeste Clark  10-13-14

Prevention Summit helps bring community, state and national partners together to discuss concerns regarding substance misuse.

More than one hundred people joined together for the Raymond Coalition for Youth’s 2nd Annual Prevention Summit on Friday October 3rd.  Special guest, Helen Hernandez of the Office of National Drug Control Policy located in Washington DC in the President’s office presented the Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors and staff with a Proclamation from President Obama.  It recognizes October as National Substance Abuse Prevention month and all the work that RCFY does to raise awareness to these issues and engage the community in preventing them.

Deputy Director, David Kelley of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area highlighted the importance of the community working together to address substance misuse and protect our children and young adults.  He announced that Rockingham County NH was just declared a high intensity drug trafficking area due in part to the increase of recent Heroin use and deaths.



Pictured-  Deputy Director David Kelley, High Intensity Drug Trafficking
Area, Celeste Clark, Raymond Coalition for Youth Director, Helen Hernandez,
Office of National Drug Control Policy, President Obamas Office.


NH ranks second highest in the United States in past 30  day Alcohol use amongst 12 - 20 year olds, second highest for Binge drinking amongst 12 –20 year olds and 5th highest for past  30 Marijuana use.  These numbers are alarming for the health and welling of our citizens in our beautiful state of NH.

We need to get people talking and sharing information with friends, relatives, neighbors and coworkers.  Two out of three people are affected by Addiction.  This is a disease that can be prevented.  There are twenty three million people currently in recovery in the United States.  There are also twenty three million people who need to be in recovery.  NH is second to last in the United States for substance abuse treatment services.  We need to work together to help prevent this disease that affects so many people.

Substance abuse spills over into our communities and has a huge economic impact on our societies.  Schools suffer with poor academic performances, businesses cannot find quality workers to show up on time or pass drug screening tests, police departments are handling domestic assaults and impaired driving calls, medical facilities are backed up with patients who need to get in.  Then there is the impact on families and individuals that cannot be measured.

RCFY Youth Action members presented on the many prevention activities they are involved in to help raise awareness to their peers and community thatyouth can make a difference.   They are concerned about drug and alcoholabuse and want to help their peers make good choices and send a message that you can have fun and enjoy life without the use of substances to alter your mind.



Pictured - 2014 Raymond Coalition for Youth Youth Action members


RCFY Champion Awards were presented in the following areas to Jacob Rubin outstanding Youth Leadership, Donna Meade for RCFY Champion Community Leader and Lamprey Health Care for Champion Partner.

We encourage you to get involved, learn more and check out our Facebook/RCFYouth, YouTube/RaymondCoalition, and website www.rcfy.org

Special guests in attendance at the event included Cydni Kimbrough of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), Jay Fallon, Director of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Joseph Harding, Director of the NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, Pat Conway, Assistant Prosecutor of Rockingham County Attorney Office, Representation from Kelly Ayottes office, State Senator John Reagan, Representative Kathleen Hoelzel, NH State Police, Candia and Freemont Police Chiefs, The CADY Coalition, CATS Coalition and Prevention Works NH Coalition.

Special thanks to our sponsors Exeter Hospital, IC Reed and Sons and Access Sports Medicine.

Contact:  Celeste Clark, Raymond Coalition for Youth Executive Director at 603-785-4560



Pictured - Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff and Board of Directors
receiving Presidential Proclamation for Substance Abuse Prevention month -
Pam Turcotte, Jen Darois, Matt Chouinard, Pat Arsenault, Helen Hernandez
(ONDCP), Celeste Clark, Christine Bostaph, Ali Bousquin and Stephen Sloan.




To learn more about RCFY please visit our website www.rcfy.org or check us out on social media such as Facebook, twitter and our YouTube video page.

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