Substance abuse discussion to be presented by police department

BEDFORD – Chief John Bryfonski announces that the Bedford Police Department will host a community forum event this month to discuss the growing opioid crisis.

Substance Abuse, From the Border to Our Corner will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at Southeastern Regional Education Service Center, 29 Commerce Drive. General admission, doors open at 6 p.m.

Substance Abuse, From the Border to Our Corner will begin with a special viewing of "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a video produced by the FBI and DEA to raise awareness about opioid addiction, which will serve as a basis for discussion.

After the film, Sen. Kelly Ayotte will join a group of panelists who will comment on what is being done to address the opioid crisis from a national, international, regional, state, and local level, with a specific focus on federal legislation and law enforcement efforts to reduce the supply of heroin and fentanyl.

Bedford Town Council members, school superintendent and school board members, Bedford state congressional members, corporate leaders, regional treatment and recovery leadership, Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission members, Bedford Acting Town Manager Rick Sawyer, Bedford clergy and other community leaders will be in attendance.

Additionally, Bedford’s new Community Coalition Group, Bedford Building Our Lives Drug Free (BeBOLD), will have an informational table set up in the lobby at the event.

? Sen. Kelly Ayotte

? Jon DeLena, DEA Assistant Special Agent in charge

? Scott O’Donnell, FBI Supervisory Special Agent

? Colonel Robert Quinn, N.H. State Police

? Moderator Chief John Bryfonski, Bedford Police

? Jim Scanlon, Former Bedford Town Council Chairman

? Treatment and Recovery Executives from the Region

For more information or questions about the event, contact Sgt. Kyle Thrasher at kthrasher@bedfordnh.org.