Who We Are
The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition brings together a variety of community stakeholders, professionals, students, and town leaders to work collaboratively on reducing, preventing, and addressing substance abuse and related mental health challenges in our Town of Milton, primarily amongst youth. 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.
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.
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.
Hosted by Curry College, more than 70 participants spent 3 1/2 hours on December 13, engaged in an intense evening of planning and visioning for the Coalition's coming year. The attention, engagement, and cross section of ages bodes well for our organization's future! More photos from the planning retreat may be viewed on the Strategic Plan page.
Coalition Featured at Thanks for Giving service
MSAPC was featured prominently at Milton's 2016 Thanks for Giving service. Sponsored by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, this annual event recognizes and honors community volunteers. Four Coalition Core Stakeholders offered Reflections throughout the service, significantly raising awareness of both the seriousness of substance misuse and the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Shown below are Milton volunteers who were honored by town organizations at the service, which was hosted by Temple Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills.
Milton Community Forum
Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton
Safeguarding Our Kids In Risky Times- K-12
We are delighted to report that the Parent Forum on October 4, 2016 was well attended with nearly 300 participants. Evaluation forms rated the program as extremely valuable to those who attended. For an hour before the speaker panel, there were many exhibitors in the high school lobby as well as informative resource tables that included high school students representing SADD, as well as a certified health care organization that made Narcan available to families who have children struggling with prescription drugs. MSAPC made available numerous educational pamphlets for parents, and sold reduced-price medication lock boxes, courtesy of Milton BID Hospital. The exhibition "Hidden in Plain Sight" was packed with parents interested in learning how to look at their child’s bedroom for clues that they may be using substances. Trained MSAPC volunteers helped staff the tables, run the exhibits, and greet parents. This was a very successful collaboration with the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee, and was generously funded by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund.
We are very grateful to Milton Access Television for capturing the Forum. You may view the program on Milton Access TV here.
Here are some pictures from the event:
Community Hero Award
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.”
The presentation's slide deck, results of hte Parent Survey, and the complete Qualitative Data Report (Part B) is provided on the Community Assessment Reports page of this website,.
A shortened version of the presentation will be provided by Ms. Stillman on October 4th at the much-anticipated Parent Forum at Milton High School.
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
Steering Committee Appointed
Our Steering Committee consists of the following five Core Stakeholders:
- Caroline Kinsella, Milton Health Department Director, Chair
- Noel Vigue, Milton Public Schools Director of Health and Physical Education
- Vicki McCarthy, Milton Youth Counselor Emeritus
- Stefano Keel, Community Resident and prevention expert
- Dr. Susan Koch-Weser, Professor of Public Health, Tufts University
Recent Website Updates
- Our "About" section has been expanded
- Our "Resources" section has been expanded.
- Our "Strategic Planning" page is new!
- Our "Voices" section is new!
- Our "Data" section has new content
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.