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 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.

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


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. Follow this link for specific information.

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

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.


KEEP UP TO DATE

We encourage you to sign up for the Milton Coalition's electronic newsletter in order to stay up to date with events, activities, and opportunities. Click this link to subscribe.


Announcements

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Free Milton Parenting Workshop

Milton Public Schools and The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition PARENT Speaker Series is proud to present an evening with New York Times best selling author Rachel Simmons entitled,
Odd Girl Out: Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Everything In-between
This event is free.
Parents, teachers and community members are welcome to attend.
DATE: Monday, January 8th
TIME: 6:30- 8 pm
LOCATION: Milton High School


October Meeting Summary

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rowe with Milton Police Chief John King at the October 2017 MSAPC meeting.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rowe with Milton Police Chief John King at the October 2017 MSAPC meeting.

At a packed coalition meeting of parents, concerned residents, school faculty and administration, and high school students, Milton Police Chief John King listened as community members expressed their opinions and concerns about underage drinking in Milton.  The “Listening Session” included remarks by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rowe who provided her perspectives about how communities should respond to the problem, and shared a video explaining the Social Host Liability Law.  Students provided honest and articulate feedback about why kids in Milton binge drink and ideas for stemming the problem. Chief King will be taking these perspectives into account as he considers new response guidelines for his department.


"Team MSAPC" was a colorful presence at the inaugural Mike's 5K To Crush Substance Abuse, which took place on October 21.

"Team MSAPC" was a colorful presence at the inaugural Mike's 5K To Crush Substance Abuse, which took place on October 21.

Maria Trozzi was the featured speaker at the PARENT education series on October 19, held at Milton High School. The topic was "Raising Resilient Children." Pictured left to right are Bob McCrystal from BID Hospital Milton, Laurie Stillman of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Noel Vigue, Director of Health Education at MPS, speaker Maria Trozzi, Assistant Superintendent Glenn Pavlicek, and School Superintendent Mary Gormley.

Maria Trozzi was the featured speaker at the PARENT education series on October 19, held at Milton High School. The topic was "Raising Resilient Children." Pictured left to right are Bob McCrystal from BID Hospital Milton, Laurie Stillman of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Noel Vigue, Director of Health Education at MPS, speaker Maria Trozzi, Assistant Superintendent Glenn Pavlicek, and School Superintendent Mary Gormley.


Together with with our regional partner the Quincy Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, MSAPC is engaged in a campaign to let parents know that it is potentially dangerous and definitely illegal to serve alcohol to minors. This sign is appearing on buses and in newspaper ads across Milton.

Together with with our regional partner the Quincy Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, MSAPC is engaged in a campaign to let parents know that it is potentially dangerous and definitely illegal to serve alcohol to minors. This sign is appearing on buses and in newspaper ads across Milton.


Milton Community Forum

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

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:

Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and High School Principal James Jette.

Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and High School Principal James Jette.

Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Principal of Tucker Elementary School; Elizabeth Thomas, Parent; Stephanie Truesdell, V.P. at BID Hospital-Milton

Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Principal of Tucker Elementary School; Elizabeth Thomas, Parent; Stephanie Truesdell, V.P. at BID Hospital-Milton


Community Hero Award

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was bestowed a Community Hero Award on September 28, 2016 at the South Shore Hospital's annual Youth Substance Use Conference. The award acknowledged our efforts to build awareness and action to address youth alcohol and drug use in our town. Over 300 people were in attendance, many from Milton, including students from MHS's SADD group with their advisors Karen Hughes and Robin Lee.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition was bestowed a Community Hero Award on September 28, 2016 at the South Shore Hospital's annual Youth Substance Use Conference. The award acknowledged our efforts to build awareness and action to address youth alcohol and drug use in our town. Over 300 people were in attendance, many from Milton, including students from MHS's SADD group with their advisors Karen Hughes and Robin Lee.


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.


MSAPC’s Core Stakeholder Group held a policy planning meeting in January 2017

MSAPC’s Core Stakeholder Group held a policy planning meeting in January 2017

Weather forced the 23rd annual CelebrateMilton festival indoors on October 2nd. The event was well attended though, in spite of the dreary weather outside. MSAPC had a visible and vibrant presence.

Weather forced the 23rd annual CelebrateMilton festival indoors on October 2nd. The event was well attended though, in spite of the dreary weather outside. MSAPC had a visible and vibrant presence.


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.