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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.
Mike's 5K to Crush Substance Abuse takes place Saturday, October 20 at 10 am at the Cunningham School! Free red Coalition T-shirts for team walkers/runners while supplies last. Strollers and bikes welcome too! Last years inaugural run had over 600 registered walkers/runners, a huge success for the first year. Let's make the second annual even bigger!
Mike's 5K is organized by the Mulcahy family and friends in honor of Mike Mulcahy, a long time Milton resident who lost his battle to substance use disorder 3 years ago. The Mulcahy family has chosen to donate half the proceeds to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, a generous and long-lasting gesture given all the coalition's prevention work. If you would like to participate but haven't signed up in advance to be part of “Team MSAPC,” you can do so at the event.
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.
Coalition awarded federal Drug Free Communities Grant from SAMHSA
The Milton Public Health Department was notified at the beginning of September, by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, that the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be awarded $125,000 per year for the next five years to focus on youth substance abuse prevention in the town. The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant application was submitted by the coalition in March, and the funding will officially begin on September 30th.
The focus of the application will be to strengthen community partnerships so that town leaders, youth and residents can work effectively together on decreasing the high rates of youth underage drinking, marijuana use, and vaping in Milton.
Read the full press release 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. Follow this link for specific information.
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.
Vaping: The New Look of Nicotine Addiction
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
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.
2018 Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse
The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is looking for town-wide participation - including students and adults - in Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. Last year, over 600 Milton residents and supporters walked and ran about 3 miles to keep a light on the substance abuse epidemic. We hope to have 800 people participate this year!
The 5K (3 mile) Walk/Run is planned for Saturday morning October 20th, and MSAPC would appreciate if you, your children and your neighbors joined the event! It’s only $30 to register, and it’s easy! You can sign up as an individual or as part of an existing Milton team! Here is the link: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=9416
The 5k Walk/Run is coordinated by the family and friends of Mike Mulcahy, a Milton resident who recently passed away after a heroic battle with addiction. More information can be found on the racewire website.
May 2018 Coalition Meeting
Over 70 Milton leaders and residents attended a first-ever youth led meeting on behalf of MSAPC at Milton Public Library on May 17, 2018. The captivated audience of adults heard four Milton High School students share their perceptions of why anxiety and depression are so prevalent amongst teens, how certain groups like immigrants, LBGTQ and female students are at higher risk, and how the community and schools can better support teens as they cope with behavioral health challenges. Student Arielle Solomon was the keynote speaker. She shared information that she learned from attending a youth leadership conference entitled, How Not to Keep a Secret. Students and adults explored together some of the issues raised at the meeting and Mr. Jette, Principal of Milton High School, assured students that their remarks were heard and respected, and will certainly be shared with the school district.
More photos from the May 2018 meeting may be viewed in our 2018 Scrapbook page.
October 2017 Meeting Summary
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.
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.)
Milton Access TV captured Dr. Potee's presentation. You may view it here.
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:
Community Hero Award
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.
Milton Coalition meetings are both informative and interactive
As befits a community organization, conversation and collaboration are key ingredients to a meeting.