Gloucester, Danvers, and Beverly recently won a community grant through the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC). The grant provides our communities with money "to address the issue of opioid misuse and abuse."
The three communities hosted a forum in Gloucester recently to kick off their collaborative efforts. The event was both informative and collaborative; presenting the current culture of opioid misuse and gathering input from the attendees on steps to addressing the issues.
Two simple things that our community will do to help with MOAPC's efforts:1. foster empathy for the families faced with the challenges of opioid addiction
2. support effective recovery programs
Contact the following people if you are interested in learning more about this collaborative effort to educate our communities on opioid abuse:Bill Burke, Director of the Beverly Health Department, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teresa Kirsch, Beverly Public Health Nurse, email@example.com
Paul Kusiak, Parent Ambassador, The Partnership, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some links to recent articles and events about Beverly and the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative:
"Communities team up to tackle opiate abuse"
"Opiate prevention partnership plans forum in Gloucester"
Here are some links to addiction recovery resources:
Learn 2 Cope
Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery