Who We Are

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Dr. Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
School Superintendant Mary Gormley and Milton Coalition co-Chair Caroline Kinsella presented a check to Milton High art student Delphine Jrolf whose  logo design was selected for the Milton Coalition identity.

School Superintendant Mary Gormley and Milton Coalition co-Chair Caroline Kinsella presented a check to Milton High art student Delphine Jrolf whose  logo design was selected for the Milton Coalition identity.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition brings together a variety of stakeholders, professionals, and town officials to work collaboratively on preventing and addressing substance abuse and related mental health challenges in our Town of Milton. We recognize that our community is not immune from these problems, and we are motivated to face them together. We are also committed to making it easier for those afflicted with these disorders to get information about where to find help, and providing opportunities for them to contribute to and inform our work.

The coalition is sponsored by the Milton Board of Health.
In addition, the Coalition deeply appreciates the support of our Funders.


If You Want To Help

The Milton Coalition runs on volunteers and is always seeking new members. We don’t care what skills or experience you bring. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is needed. Find your niche here.

If You Need Help

If you or someone you are close to is in need of help, we have collected many helpful resources:
Addiction Recovery
Family Support
Mental Health


Overdose Emergencies: What to Do

If you think that someone has overdosed on alcohol or drugs, call 911 immediately and state that you believe someone has overdosed and provide a clear address and location. Rapid response is essential for preventing potential permanent brain injury or death. First Responders in Milton are trained in reversing opioid overdoses with the drug Naxalone. The Massachusetts 911 Good Samaritan law provides protection for the caller from drug possession charges when an overdose victim or an overdose witness seeks medical attention. (You may read more about the Good Samaritan Law on the MassTAPP website.) Also, if you are close to a person who is misusing or addicted to an opioid painkiller, it is advised that you purchase and have on hand life-saving Naxalone, an easy to use nasal spray that can reverse an overdose before it’s too late. Most health insurance plans will cover most of the cost. You can purchase Naxalone at most pharmacies without a prescription.


Announcements:

Coalition updates

The MSAPC released its yearlong Community Assessment on Youth Substance Misuse in Milton. On September 19th at Milton BID Hospital, a packed crowd heard Laurie Stillman, Public Health Consultant and Dr. Margie Skeer, Adolescent Substance Use Expert present the results of parent and student surveys, community leader interviews, and data reports describing the prevalence and factors driving youth alcohol and drug use. In attendance included Superintendent Mary Gormley, Milton High School Principal James Jette and Collicot Elementary School Principal Holly Concannon. In addition, 8 students from the high school’s SADD Chapter attended as did Town Administrator Annemarie Fagan, Police Chief John King and Board of Selectman David Burnes. Members of the faith and recovery communities were also in attendance, in addition to many other community leaders and concerned residents.

AnneMarie Fagan, Milton Town Administrator, said, “The Coalition has come so far. This valuable information needs to be heard by the entire community.” Superintendent Mary Gormley added, “Every parent should hear this presentation.

A shortened version of the presentation will be presented by Ms. Stillman on October 4th at the much-anticipated Parent Forum at Milton High School. Her presentation can be accessed on the coalition’s website, on the Community Assessment Reports page.


Join us for an Important Milton Community Forum

Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton
Safeguarding Our Kids In Risky Times- K-12

A Skill Building Forum for Parents and Guardians of K-12 In Milton

Tuesday, October 4th
Milton High School Auditorium

Exhibit Hall Open 5:30 pm; Speaker Panel 6:30 pm

  • Hear latest results of Milton youth assessment
  • Learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention
  • Hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain Learn to recognize signs of teen substance use
  • Vendor tables, instructional video clips and MORE!

Expert Speaker Panel
Laurie Stillman, MMHS, Public Health Consultant, MSAPC Lead Consultant
“A Milton Snapshot; Youth substance use and mental health trends”
Dr. Marisa Silveri, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital
“How underage drinking, smoking and drugs effects the teenage brain”
Barbara Green, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Medical Director of Youth Health Connection. Walden Behavioral Care and South Shore Hospital.
“Now What? Parenting Tips and Skill Building to Raise Healthy and Safe Kids”


The Coalition's 2015-2016 Community Assessment reports (part A - "quantitative" and part B - "qualitative") are available on this site now, along with an link to a video and slides from the February 24 meeting at which the Quantitative report was presented. Find the reports and the slides on this page.


Core Stakeholders Announced

The Milton Board of Health is pleased to announce appointments to the newly-formed Core Stakeholder’s Group. Each Stakeholder is entitled to vote on critical Coalition issues. This group photo was taken at the September 19, 2016 meeting. Read more on the Coalition's Operating Structure page.

The Milton Board of Health is pleased to announce appointments to the newly-formed Core Stakeholder’s Group. Each Stakeholder is entitled to vote on critical Coalition issues. This group photo was taken at the September 19, 2016 meeting. Read more on the Coalition's Operating Structure page.


Events

Recent Website Updates

  • Our "About" section has been expanded
  • Our "Resources" section has been expanded.
  • Our "Voices" section is new!
  • Our "Data" section has new content
  • "In the News" page added.

Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition's Summer Meeting
John King, Milton's newly-appointed Police Chief, was the featured speaker at the Milton Coalition's well attended July meeting. His thoughtful and insightful presentation was entitled Prevention, Education, Treatment, and Recovery – We All Have a Role. Chief King's July 20 presentation was taped. Visit Milton Access TV's On Demand page. If that link doesn't take you directly to Chief King's presentation, just search for "John King" to hear his excellent message.


Milton Coalition meetings are both informative and interactive

As befits a community organization, conversation and collaboration are key ingredients to a meeting.

Following the Community Assessment Report at the February 24 meeting, meeting attendees broke out into small sessions to consider the "Why" behind the data.

Following the Community Assessment Report at the February 24 meeting, meeting attendees broke out into small sessions to consider the "Why" behind the data.

Caroline Kinsella leads one of the breakout discussions at the February 24 meeting.

Caroline Kinsella leads one of the breakout discussions at the February 24 meeting.