Town to host Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Town Hall

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — In cooperation with the governor’s office, the town of Portsmouth will host a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Town Hall this weekend. 

The “Town Hall” discussion event will be held Saturday, May 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the council chamber at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. 

The event will include a discussion, and question and answer session.

During the event, Governor Gina Raimondo, and former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, a lifelong advocate for mental health and substance use disorder treatment, will hear from local leaders and community members about their efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

The Task Force Co-Chairs, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health; Rebecca Boss, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals; and Tom Coderre, senior advisor to the governor, will be on hand to discuss the strategies Rhode Island has implemented to reduce overdose deaths and help more people get the help they need to find recovery.

Space is somewhat limited, so please register here by close of business on Thursday, May 3. 

This discussion will be held prior to an unrelated event, the Farm-to-Farm Bike Ride, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. starting at the school administration building across from Town Hall.

As part of the bike ride, Middle Road will be closed to traffic, which could impact parking. 


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