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.


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.


Watch this Short Video, “Make the Right Call.” You May Save a Life!


Announcements:

May Meeting Summary

Christine Hamilton, of Fallon Ambulance, and Milton Police Chief John King clarify the Opioid Overdose Data Snapshot at the May 10 MSAPC meeting.

Christine Hamilton, of Fallon Ambulance, and Milton Police Chief John King clarify the Opioid Overdose Data Snapshot at the May 10 MSAPC meeting.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition held its Spring Meeting on May 10, 2017 at Parkway Methodist Church. The program focused on the opioid epidemic. Presentations by Police Chief John King and Fallon Ambulance Risk Manager Christine Hamilton focused on overdose stats in Milton, which indicate that young adults are at highest risk. They were followed by a moving presentation by Bill Scannell, who lost his son from an overdose. Finally, a representative from Manet Community Health Center helped us all understand how to administer the life-saving nasal spray, Nalaxone and information on how to obtain it for low or no cost should a love one be at risk of an overdose.

If you missed the presentation, it can be watched On Demand through Milton Cable AccessTV by clicking this link. More photos from the May meeting can be viewed on the 2017 Photo Gallery page.

Planning Retreat

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.

Police Chief King speaks with former Selectman Kathy Fagan at the December Planning Retreat

Police Chief King speaks with former Selectman Kathy Fagan at the December Planning Retreat

MHS student Ornella Ebongue reports back from her group at the December Planning Retreat.

MHS student Ornella Ebongue reports back from her group at the December Planning Retreat.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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
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


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.