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Since 1997, the Revere CARES Coalition has taken a comprehensive approach to reducing youth substance use. Due to concerning trends of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses among adults in the community, Revere CARES’ ATOD initiative now includes opioid overdose prevention. Revere received a $300,000, three-year regional Mass Opioid Abuse and Prevention Collaborative grant from Mass DPH for the Winnisimmet Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC), a regional partnership of four communities-- Chelsea, Revere, Saugus, and Winthrop-- who are working together to reduce their rates of opioid addiction and overdose.
Revere CARES’ substance abuse prevention efforts engage the community in a variety of ways. These strategies can be categorized into four areas of activities: policy development and enforcement, educational opportunities, community collaboration, and access to services. Examples of these strategies include (but are not limited to) the following:
Revere CARES has achieved notable outcomes, including increases in the age of onset of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use among middle and high school students, declines in binge drinking between 1999 and 2009 among high school students(39% decrease) and student reports of ever having been drunk in the same period (23% decrease). Middle school student reports of ever having drunk alcohol declined 22% during the same time period.
Leslie Heffron, RN
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