Learn about the problem and prevention
A lot of educational material (much of it free) is available to better understand how to prevent and address substance abuse and mental illness. The links below, recommended by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, are offered as a starting point in your own discovery process.
Our partner, the Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, focuses on educating our Milton-area communities on ways to reduce underage drinking. Visit our joint website for some great, easy to read information: www.rethinkthedrinks.com
General Educational Information
Here are some helpful links for those who wish to be informed about substance abuse; how it can be prevented and addressed.
Information for Parents
Topics related to Vaping
Vaping: What You Need to Know and How to Talk to Your Kid (clicking the link will prompt your computer to download a PDF file)
Other topics of interest to Parents
PDF: Under the Right Influence: A Guide for Parents and Guardians (during prom and graduation season)
Tips for Parents on Talking with their Teens (PDF from the Medicine Abuse Project)
Steering our Kids Clear of Addiction (excellent article with clear, simple suggestions for parenting)
Parent Resource Guide for Keeping Teens Safe During Graduation and Prom Season (PDF, from South Shore Hospital)
Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse (from the National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Resources for Parents and Teens, from teen-safe.org
Mental Health Toolkit (PDF) - Created to aid caregivers and young people we interact with daily, and others who may be confronted with a mental health issue.
Information for Teens
Information for Health Care Providers
How We Doctors are Failing our Patients Who Drink Too Much. (March 2017, Commonhealth)
Physician Manual for Addressing Alcohol Abuse in Patients (PDF, American Academy of Family Practitioners)