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In 2002, the rates of substance abuse-related hospitalizations and drug-related deaths among residents were 50% higher in Charlestown than in Boston overall. In 2004, the majority (70%) of Charlestown admissions to publicly-funded treatment facilities were for heroin and other opioids, compared to 50% for Boston. To address these challenges, a community coalition was formed to reduce substance misuse by utilizing existing community resources, organizing programs to respond to identified needs, and harnessing the community’s energy and commitment to create a safe, healthy environment in Charlestown.
The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition works to increase access to and resources for successful treatment and recovery from substance use disorders (SUDS). The Coalition also strengthens protective factors and decreases risk factors to prevent substance use and misuse for youth, young adults and families, through education, prevention, and intervention strategies. The coalition has nearly 50 active members representing 12 community sectors.
CSAC’s efforts have contributed to the following outcomes:
We conducted extensive outreach and relationship building to recruit more community members to join the steering committee. Individuals from 5 underrepresented community sectors, including local schools, youth-serving organizations, addiction treatment facility, faith-based organization, and housing, regularly attended coalition meetings. In addition, a clinical social worker was hired to fill the Family Support Circle position, whose primary goal is to increase communication and collaboration among Charlestown providers when serving high risk youth.
We partnered with Boston Public Health Commission to host regular community NARCAN trainings every 90 days in the recovery community, the Charlestown Recovery House and the housing developments. We trained 240 community residents through 12 NARCAN trainings. These community trainings inform opioid users, their families, and their friends on how to recognize and prevent an opioid overdose and what to do if one occurs. The training covers the importance of calling 911, how to perform rescue breathing and how to administer nasal naloxone (NARCAN).We are beginning to see changes in the middle school population.
The First Annual
Turn It Arround
Charlestown Basketball Tournament
Friday March 13, 2015
Join us at the Charlestown YMCA for a free pre-tournament pasta dinner 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Find out your team and learn about healthy choices!
Saturday March 14, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm
LOCATION: BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB 60 HIGH ST CHARLESTOWN
Deadline: March 5, 2015
Face Painting/Raffle Prizes/ Pizza
Derek Gallagher – Boys and Girls Club
Mimi Wrenn – Charlestown Community Center
Michael Letchfield – YMCA
Thomas Washington – Charlestown High School
Or Email Gretchen Wagner at CSAC email@example.com
To sign up today!
Mass General Hospital is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. The MGH Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) program goal is to have substance use disorders addressed along all levels of health impact; from primary community-based prevention to early intervention and treatment to chronic disease management.
The effects of the closing of the Long Island shelter are being felt all over the city, so it’s no surprise that when the Turn It Around Youth Group heard about the displacement of homeless men and women, the young people knew they had to act.
Charlestown residents will have their say about the community’s overall health by completing a Quality of Life survey beginning today. The survey can be taken online or in paper form.
There will be a community meeting on Dec. 1, where organizers hope to hear answers to that question. The meeting is part of a community health assessment, sponsored by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and coordinated, in part, by the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition.
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