Friday, August 9, 2013

White House official learns about MGH’s substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts


TURN IT AROUND: Tucker, center, with youth involved in the “Turn it Around Charlestown” campaign, which raises awareness about the harmful consequences of prescription drug abuse.


Benjamin B. Tucker, deputy director of State, Local and Tribal Affairs for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, recently visited Charlestown to meet with area residents and MGH physicians and staff to discuss substance abuse prevention and treatment efforts. The visit was hosted by the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, a community-based group of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals and advocates who work together to reduce substance abuse. The program is supported by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement.

“Finally, the government recognizes that, as Director Tucker said, ‘We can’t arrest our way out of the problem,’” said Mark Eisenberg, MD, chief of Adult Medicine at the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, who treats many patients in various stages of substance abuse and recovery. “We need to continue to provide treatment on demand and expand services across the continuum of care.”

During his visit, Tucker also met with local residents in their 20s who are in the early stages of substance abuse recovery and with teens who have made a commitment to avoid drug and alcohol use. 

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