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Community Prevention Initiatives

Opioid Abuse Prevention
In 2013, the Community Prevention office was awarded a grant through the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC). MOAPC is a state-wide initiative administered by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to implement local policy, practice, systems and environmental change to prevent the abuse of opioids and to reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. The Boston MOAPC award will focus on city-wide strategies to reach these goals.

Overdose Prevention Training
Overdose prevention training is available at request to the Boston Community. We schedule trainings with treatment providers, families, law enforcement, hospitals, health centers, housing developments, sober homes, and correctional facilities.

Environmental Strategies to Reduce Underage Drinking
The Community Prevention office works with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and community coalitions to reduce underage drinking in four Boston neighborhoods. The coalitions utilize environmental strategies, or strategies that focus on changing conditions in the physical, social and cultural environment to create a setting that discourages substance abuse. Our partners on this initiative are: the South Boston CAN Coalition, the Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition, the Chinatown/Boston Asian YES Coalition, and the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force.

Youth Prescription Drug Prevention
In 2012, the Community Prevention office was awarded a grant through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to focus on prevention of prescription drug abuse in Boston youth.

Neighborhoods Organizing Against Drugs (NoDrugs)
The Neighborhoods Organizing Against Drugs (NoDrugs) Initiative funds 13 coalitions to carry out substance abuse prevention activities in local neighborhoods. The Coalitions aid the Community Prevention office in selecting additional or new priority areas for prevention initiatives in Boston. Further, the Coalitions serve as the Bureau’s vital community partners; we rely on them as our eyes and ears on the ground for ongoing substance abuse concerns. The current focus areas of the NoDrugs grants are underage drinking prevention and overdose prevention.

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