January 2014 Newsletter
9th Annual Dartmouth Symposium on Substance Use: 
Emerging Communications Technologies to 
Advance Prevention and Treatment

Collis Center, Hanover, NH

Save the Date!
May 9, 2014
Upcoming Events
Underage Drinking Laws: How are we doing and where are we going?
Webinar hosted by Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center on January 23 at 3PM. 
The New ASAM Criteria
Presentation in Concord, NH. Sponsored by Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association, Inc.
A Smart Approach to Marijuana: Where do we go from here?
Presentation in Manchester, NH. Sponsored by New Futures.
Suicide and Substance Use Disorders: Suicide and Suicide Risk Assessment in Addicted and Co-occurring Populations
Seminar in Montpelier, VT. Sponsored by Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association, Inc.
Professional Ethics for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors - Basic to Intermediate Level
Training in Colchester, VT. Sponsored by Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association, Inc.

Camp Daybreak

Camp Daybreak is looking for motivated high school and college age volunteers to serve as "big siblings" for our campers who experience a range of social, emotional, and behavioral needs. 

The experience provides a unique training in mental health conditions, an opportunity to have an impact on the life of a young person, and lots of fun!

Sponsored by the 

New Hampshire Bills to Watch

HB1159: Provides immunity from criminal prosecution for seeking medical assistance with an emergency drug or alcohol overdoes event. Bill text.


HB490: Increases tobacco tax on tobacco products and establishes a tabacco use prevention and cessation program fund. Bill text.


HB492: Legalizes and regulates marijuana. Bill text.


HB1446: Bans synthetic marijuana. Bill text.


HB1622: Permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to cultivate cannabis for therapeutic use. Bill text.


HB1623: Prohibits a licensed alternative treatment center from advertising therapeutic cannabis. Bill text.


SB356: Requires opioid treatment agreements between health care providers and patients on workers' compensation. Bill text.

In the News

National News

Regional News

In This Issue

Medicaid Expansion and Substance Abuse Treatment
Advocates for better access to treatment for substance use disorders in NH should keep an ear open for opportunities to advocate for Medicaid expansion. 
An article by Cummings et al in JAMA Psychiatry December 2013 supports the view that Medicaid Expansion will increase coverage for substance abuse treatment. Their research found, however, that race, ethnicity, and geography may impede actual access to care and therefor additional steps may be required to achieve parity.
Treatment of opioid addiction in West Lebanon.


Urgent addiction and mental health support and information.

24/7 Crisis Hotline:


Second Growth
Programs supporting youth and their families.
Turning Point Club of the Upper Valley
Gathering place for people in recovery and those who support them.
Valley Vista
Diverse treatment resources for women, adolescents and their families.
For victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Recent Publications
by Chau DT, Khokar JY, Dawson R, Ahmed J, Xie H, and Green AI. 

by Stanger C. and Noel V.

by O'Hara RE, Gibbons FX, Li Z, Gerrard M, and Sargent JD.
What is DCARE?
The Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education (DCARE) is a collaborative effort of Dartmouth College and Geisel School of Medicine . The Center, under the auspices of the Provost of the College, was founded by a coalition of Dartmouth students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff along with members of the regional community dedicated to addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug use related issues.

The CONNECTION seeks to promote creative approaches to reducing harmful use of alcohol and drugs through network building & information sharing. Please send feedback, ideas and news to: DCARE@dartmouth.edu


Kayla Wade, Dartmouth College '16
Seddon R. Savage MD, MS
Ellen Henderson, Administrator