LONDONDERRY — A community forum invites residents of Londonderry and surrounding towns to come hear from experts on the problems of addiction and substance use.

Londonderry police host the forum, "Living With an Addiction or Substance Use Disorder — Problems and Possibilities," on Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Londonderry High School cafeteria, 295 Mammoth Road.

The forum is a way to provide perspective and subject matter from area experts in many fields, and offer insight into what resources are available.

It's also an opportunity to meet some of the region's partners who are on the front lines supporting those in recovery, or those who struggle.

Panel participants include Londonderry Police Chief William Hart; Manchester Fire Chief Daniel Goonan; Jim Gamache, licensed mental health clinician; Peter Burke of the Farnum Center; Kim Haney, Granite Pathways; Andrea Rancatore, NH Health Families; and also several people who lost a family member to addiction and also those living with addiction.

In addition to the panel, the forum includes representatives of the South Central New Hampshire Public Health Network and other area organization, providing attendees with information and resources and answers to questions.

Organizations include Community Alliance for Teen Safety, Center for Life Management, Friendship Center, Greater Derry Community Health Services, Parkland Medical Center and the Upper Room, a Family Resource Center.

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