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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
Meet the Staff and Consultants of MSAPC   Top Row: Caroline Kinsella, Chair; Margaret Carels, Project Coordinator; Deborah Milbauer, Consultant  Bottom Row: Laurie Stillman, MSAPC Director; Stormy Leung, Project Coordinator

Meet the Staff and Consultants of MSAPC

Top Row: Caroline Kinsella, Chair; Margaret Carels, Project Coordinator; Deborah Milbauer, Consultant

Bottom Row: Laurie Stillman, MSAPC Director; Stormy Leung, Project Coordinator

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.


Upcoming Events

Mike’s 5K To Crush Substance Abuse

Run with us at Mike's 5K!, or volunteer AND run!
Sign up here: mikes5k.racewire.com Join team MSAPC!
October 19th, Collicot/Cunningham School. Registration starts at 9am, run start time is 10am.

2019 Mike’s 5K To Crush Substance Abuse poster

Recent Events

April Coalition Meeting

MSAPC hosted five distinguished Milton leaders at its April 23, 2019 meeting entitled, “Caring and Consequences: Milton Leaders Discuss Their Efforts to Address Youth Substance Use”

MSAPC hosted five distinguished Milton leaders at its April 23, 2019 meeting entitled, “Caring and Consequences: Milton Leaders Discuss Their Efforts to Address Youth Substance Use”

Noel Vigue, Milton Public School District’s Director of Health and Physical Education, answers audience questions.

Noel Vigue, Milton Public School District’s Director of Health and Physical Education, answers audience questions.

Reverend John Allen describes plans for the First Congregational Church to create a Milton Youth Center

Reverend John Allen describes plans for the First Congregational Church to create a Milton Youth Center

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

MSAPC teamed up with the Milton Rotary Club to provide information and free medication disposal kits at Prescription Drug Takeback Day April 27, 2019

MSAPC teamed up with the Milton Rotary Club to provide information and free medication disposal kits at Prescription Drug Takeback Day April 27, 2019

Graduate student intern Lily Whelan staffs MSAPC table with educational materials and resident survey.

Graduate student intern Lily Whelan staffs MSAPC table with educational materials and resident survey.


Two Big Announcements from MSAPC!

Milton Police Dept and Coalition Launch “Milton Cares!" Post-Overdose Response Team
 

The Milton Police Department, in partnership with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, is launching a new community outreach program by visiting the homes of Milton residents who have recently suffered from a nonfatal overdose of drugs or alcohol. The goal is to provide them and their family members with resources and, ideally, a direct referral to support and treatment. The Milton Cares Post Overdose Response Team (Milton Cares PORT) will begin visiting homes on September 5, 2018. Besides providing access to information and treatment, Narcan and training on its administration will be provided to the family or loved ones of those Milton residents most at risk for a fatal overdose.  The intent is NOT to arrest; it is to recognize that addiction is a family disease that can benefit by support, information and treatment.
Read the full press release here.

"Milton Cares!" Partners at the Sept. 5 press conference.

"Milton Cares!" Partners at the Sept. 5 press conference.

Milton Rotary Supports MSAPC

Elizabeth Thomas, longtime member of MSAPC, accepts $1,000 donation from Milton Rotary Club members Michael Maholchic and Sheri Richardson to support the Coalition’s ongoing work to reduce and prevent substance use disorders.

Milton Rotary Check Presentation JUne 26, 2019

Milton Rotary Check Presentation JUne 26, 2019


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

MSAPC has launched a Facebook Page!

https://wwwfacebook.com/MiltonCoalition
Please “follow” and “like” us and spread the word with your neighbors to learn about how we can keep Milton safe from alcohol and drug abuse.

Vaping: The New Look of Nicotine Addiction

http://makesmokinghistory.org/dangers-of-vaping/
This new resource has new information for youth, parents and schools about the dangers of vaping.  Please get informed.  So many kids in Milton are vaping these days; a new generation of kids are getting hooked on vapes instead of cigarettes.

Interface Referral Service Announced

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A new free and confidential mental health and substance use referral call line is now available to Milton residents.  It is called Interface Referral Service.  By calling  888-244-6843 Monday through Fridays from 9am-5pm, a trained counselor will help to match you with a professional psychologist in our area who specializes in the mental health or behavioral health problem you or a loved one is experiencing.

Watch a short video on Interface here.


MSAPC’s Core Stakeholder Group poses with Mrs. Dianne Mulcahy, Tom Connolly and Denise Queally , who are family and friends of Mike Mulcahy who passed away after a heroic battle with addiction. The Mulcahy family sponsored “Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse”, and presented a check to our coalition in the amount of $27,500.

MSAPC’s Core Stakeholder Group poses with Mrs. Dianne Mulcahy, Tom Connolly and Denise Queally , who are family and friends of Mike Mulcahy who passed away after a heroic battle with addiction. The Mulcahy family sponsored “Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse”, and presented a check to our coalition in the amount of $27,500.

"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.


PARENT Speaker Series

"PARENT" stands for Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens. The Milton Coalition, in partnership with the Milton Public Schools, brings in speakers with special expertise on a regular basis. The presentations are free. Be sure to sign up for the Coalition's Newsletter to be notified of upcoming speakers. (Find the Newsletter signup form at the bottom of every page on this website.)

Dr. Ruth Potee, expert physician who specializes in adolescent substance use, informs parents that addiction is an adolescent brain disease that begins in the early years. The job of parents and the community is to delay drug and alcohol use as long as possible to prevent addiction later on. Part of the PARENT series on February 8th at Milton High School.

Dr. Ruth Potee, expert physician who specializes in adolescent substance use, informs parents that addiction is an adolescent brain disease that begins in the early years. The job of parents and the community is to delay drug and alcohol use as long as possible to prevent addiction later on. Part of the PARENT series on February 8th at Milton High School.

Milton Access TV captured Dr. Potee's presentation. You may view it here.


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.


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Drug Story Theatre

Milton High Students watch Drug Story Theatre, with young people telling their real life stories of drug addiction and recovery.


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.


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.