A member of Hollis Brookline Rotary Club honored by governor
Friday, September 13, 2013
BROOKLINE – Dr. Vahrij Manoukian, member of Rotary Club of Hollis Brookline, was honored by Gov. Maggie Hassan on Aug. 21 for his work to serve the welfare and health of New Hampshire residents by promoting the Prescription Monitoring program to eliminate prescription drug abuse.
Manoukian was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy in 2003 by then-Gov. Craig Benson. He was re-appointed in 2008 by Gov. John Lynch to serve another five-year term. He was also chairman of the Board of Pharmacy from 2011-13.
Prescription drug abuse among school children and young adults has nearly surpassed illegal narcotics like marijuana, heroin and cocaine as the “drug of choice” because they can be obtained with relative ease and shared with others with little risk. To address this issue, Manoukian worked with BOP in developing Prescription Monitoring program, which became law and came into effect on June 12, 2012.
Manoukian’s initiative and awareness drive has resulted in conducting more than dozen educational panels in various high schools and colleges around the state. According to the state of New Hampshire, the PMP law helped reduce the prescription drug abuse deaths by 7 percent.
Manoukian has been a Rotarian since 1996. He volunteers for all the charity fundraising events the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club undertakes. Manoukian is also supportive of Rotary charitable givings.
Rotary is a global network of community volunteers who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and help build global peace and understanding.
The Hollis Brookline Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast at the Brookline Event Center on Route 130.
For more information about the club, visit the website at www.hbrotary.org or call Venu Rao at 566-9441.