On Tuesday March 18th, Makin’ It Happen and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce came together to host their last lunch and learn Hear it Here session at the Public Health Department. This even was the third in a series educating the business community about the state opioid crisis. Addiction has an economic impact including lost productivity. The business community can play a critical role in reducing stigma, introducing prevention strategies, helping employees access services, workforce development and community response to addiction that can change how people live, work, grow and play in Greater Manchester.

The latest session was entitled “The Role of the Business Community in the Addiction Epidemic in Greater Manchester”. Guest panelist speakers were:

  • Eric Dancause, Admissions Counselor, Farnum Center
  • Greg Sevinsky, General Manager, Walmart Distribution Center
  • Dana Larriviere, President and CEO, Chameleon Group
  • Matt McKenney, Workforce Development Manager, Hypertherm

All of the panelists have implemented the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative (RFW) in their companies and shared stories and tips with interested business owners. Such as economic impact, impact on businesses, benefits of being RFW – lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism.

Thank you to the Chamber, our panelists, the Health Department, 900 Degrees Pizzeria catering and all who attended this event!