Portsmouth, NH New Year’s Day Swim: Effort To Fight Drug Abuse

Most people would be reluctant to take a dip in ocean waters during the winter, but Chucky Rosa is hoping to encourage local residents to do so in honor of his two sons on New Year’s Day.

Rosa created the Plunge for Prevention group after two of his children overdosed on drugs between 2003 and 2004. In conjunction with the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Rotary Club’s Polar Bear Swim, Rosa hopes to raise money on New Year’s Day by taking a dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean with local participants.

The funds will go to the Positive Pathways to Prevention group, dedicated to reducing substance abuse in the region. A bullying forum will be held in January with the money, along with future events aimed toward reducing drug and alcohol use.

“I do this every day so I can help other people out,” Rosa told Seacoast Online. “I wish my kids were here, but we’re making the best of a situation that happened.”

Every year, more than 20,000 people die from overdosing on drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drug rehab programs can provide individuals with the resources they need to get clean and turn their lives around.