Last week, the Department hosted the first in a series of statewide Town Hall Meetings that will examine what can be done to prevent underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the Commonwealth. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) Director Hilary Jacobs was joined at the State House by Frances Harding, Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Senators Keenan and Lovely, Representative Malia and youth representing Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and schools across the Commonwealth for the exciting kickoff event.
These town hall meetings take place against the backdrop of an opioid overdose crisis in Massachusetts and we know, for many people, the journey to opioid addiction begins with alcohol use and non-medical use of prescription drugs at a young age. The meetings are designed to raise awareness of this growing problem and provide youth, parents, caregivers, and other adults with the tools necessary to help protect young people from using alcohol and the misuse of prescription drugs with the hopes of preventing future overdoses.
By working together, communities can have a dramatic and lasting impact on underage drinking and misuse of prescription and other drugs in Massachusetts. Throughout the coming months, Town Hall Meetings will be held across the state in order to engage youth and adults in developing effective solutions. For information and updates about local events, visit https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings.
Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016 posted on Feb 12
Rates of flu-like illness continued to climb over the past seven days, according to the latest weekly flu report. This is consistent with what we typically see at this point of flu season in years past. And if prior flu seasons are any indication, we can …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, February 12, 2016
Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier! posted on Feb 11
I used to think that Halloween through New Year’s was the hardest time of the year to stick to my goal of eating healthfully, considering leftover candy from trick or treating, Thanksgiving dinner, holiday parties and gatherings—the list goes on and on. By the time …Continue Reading Happy Valentine’s Day…Made Even Happier!
Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Feb 10
This month’s Public Health Council meeting featured a series of presentations and discussions on proposed amendments to regulations, followed by informational updates on select Department initiatives. First the Council received updates from the Department on the status of proposed amendments to regulations related to: Safety Requirement for …Continue Reading Highlights from the February 10th Public Health Council Meeting