CONCORD, N.H. —The Concord community came together Saturday to rally for recovery.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery held the “We Believe in Recovery Rally” Saturday morning at White Park.
The rally provided resources for those battling drug addiction and help for families of addicts. One booth demonstrated the proper way to administer the overdose-reversing drug, naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan.
Tom Coderre hasn’t touched drugs or alcohol since 2003. He wants to give addicts the courage they need to get help.
“There are millions of Americans that are in recovery today from addiction and their voices need to be heard,” Coderre said.
Community members enjoyed live music, played games, and celebrated people in recovery. David Fine has been in recovery for 38 years.
“One day can add up to 38 years, you never have to pick up a drug ever again, even if you want to,” Fine said.
New Hampshire is facing a drug abuse crisis. More than 300 people died from drug overdoses in 2014.
Deb Cross has been sober for over 36 years. She says there are many resources at the event and at Addicts Anonymous meetings for people battling drug addiction.
“If you show up at a meeting and you raise your hand and you say, I need help, I can guarantee it the help will be there,” Cross said.
Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie (R, New Jersey) was also at the event. The New Jersey governor spoke about the heroin epidemic plaguing New Hampshire and his home state, and the way to cure it.
“We have got to make sure that we get the message out to all the people across this country that drug and alcohol addiction is a disease and it’s a disease that needs to be treated, and most importantly, it can be treated,” Christie said.