MANCHESTER, N.H. — People in recovery from substance abuse, their supporters and those advocating for more resources gathered for a rally in Manchester on Saturday.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, an organization leading recovery efforts, hosted its annual “Rally 4 Recovery” at Veterans Park in downtown Manchester. The group touted the rally as a “joyful celebration focusing on education and awareness about the journey to recovery.”
The rally ran 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and included guest speakers, personal stories of recovery, information on where to get support and live music.
Hope for New Hampshire Recovery offers peer-to-peer recovery coaching and other support services. The group and its volunteers also work to lessen the stigma of addiction and encourage people to seek treatment and recovery.
Drug overdoses began to spike in New Hampshire in 2014, and more than 400 people died from overdoses in 2015. Heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers are the primary drivers of addiction in recent years.
Policy makers in Concord have started to provide more resources for prevention, treatment and recovery services.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte planned to attend.