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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:
The Third Annual Turn It Around BBQ
Monday, September 12, 20163pm - 6pmEdwards/Eden Street Playground
To mark the beginning of National Recovery Month, join Turn It Around and the Charlestown Substance Use Coalition for an evening of food, entertainment and education.
8th Annual Charlestown Candlelight Visit
Saturday, September 17, 20166:30pmHayes Square
Families touched by substance abuse will gather together in strength. The Vigil is honors those who lost their battle with drugs and alcohol and to give hope to those still struggling with addiction.
Massachusetts Organization for Addition and Recovery (MOAR) - Recovery Day
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 8amCharlestown Boys and Girls Club, 15 Green Street
Please join CSAC, Turn It Around and MOAR to spread the message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Recovery Day opens with a celebratory March to Boston City Hall to a State House Ceremony in Gardner Auditorium. Participants will meet at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, 15 Green Street.
Stove Factor Art ExhibitWednesday, September 28, 20166pm-9pm523 Medford StreetParticipants in a summer-long creative arts workshop series will share their work in this special gallery event.
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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