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Priority Area Leaders

Coalition Steering Committee Rep: Tina Grosowsky, UMMS

WDPH Staff Rep: Oscar De La Rosa

Priority Area Convening Partner: Regional Response to Addiction Partnership

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Priority Area Aim

Create a regional community that prevents and reduces substance use disorder and its surrounding stigma for all populations.

Objectives and Strategies


Obj. 2.1. Increase median age of first alcohol use among youth by 1 year and reduce adult binge drinking rate by 10%    

2.1.1. Support Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) implementation in the regional public school systems.
2.1.2. Increase use of environmental strategies to reduce alcohol misuse (such as social norms campaigns, parent education, retailer education, etc.)
2.1.3. Increase awareness of youth and adult treatment and recovery homes through public service announcements. 
2.1.4. Support Recovery High School enrolment by reducing barriers for underserved populations.


Obj. 2.2. Reduce marijuana use in youth under 21 by 5% and maintain non-medical use among adults below state rates.    

2.2.1. Pass regulations to reduce harm from child use, including limit the THC levels, childproof packaging, and mandated warning labels 
2.2.2. Develop and implement universal social norming campaign to discourage non-medicinal use. (Especially in youth) 
2.2.3. Prohibit marijuana smoking in public areas.


Obj. 2.3. Decrease fatal opioid overdoses in the region by 80%.    

2.3.1. Increase education around naloxone availability through public service announcements. 
2.3.2. Support research about innovative treatment approaches for opioid addiction treatment and monitoring.
2.3.3. Support new collaborations/programs with Police Departments to better respond to overdose victims. 
2.3.4. Increase the use of recovery coaches to provide treatment options to overdose survivors.


Obj. 2.4. Reduce use of other emerging drugs among youth and adults.     

2.4.1. Advocate for an expansion of Governor Baker's Opioid Taskforce to include other prescription drug misuse.
2.4.2. Expand referrals to integrative approaches such as mindfulness and stress reduction to provide alternatives to pharmaceutical therapies. 
2.4.3. Increase social-emotional learning curricula for youth. 


Obj. 2.5. Reduce proportion of youth having ever used a nicotine delivery product by 10%.    

2.5.1. Increase minimum age of sales to 21 for all nicotine products.
2.5.2. Eliminate all sales of nicotine products in pharmacies and healthcare facilities.
2.5.3. Restrict sales of all flavored nicotine delivery products and devices to adult-only tobacconists. 
2.5.4. Increase cessation and treatment resources for nicotine addiction.
2.5.5. Increase the number of smoke-free housing units. 

Minutes from Past Meetings

Substance Use Folder on the Coalition Drive

Future Meetings

Coalition Calendar

2016 CHIP 

2016 CHIP Document

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