Cape Cod is united in its choice to address substance use.
When it comes to substance use, choice matters - our choices as individuals and our choices as a society. Whether it be a young person standing at a party being offered alcohol for the first time, or a person in active addiction deciding now is the time to take steps toward recovery, their choices will impact their lives and the lives of those around them.
Working in areas across prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery, we are united in our efforts to empower each citizen to believe that “My Choice Matters."
Massachusetts Good Samaritan Law
The Good Samaritan Law protects victims and those who call 911 for help from charge, prosecution, and conviction for possession or use of controlled substances.
2019 NSDUH Survey Released
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The annual survey is the nation’s primary resource for data on mental health and substance use among Americans.
As the NSDUH demonstrates, substance misuse and mental illness continue to be major problems for Americans. These issues demand continued attention and focus across all American communities. The data also reflect impressive progress on the nation’s opioid crisis. Read the full report >>
September 22, 2020 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Massachusetts Opioid Screening and Awareness Day
This free, virtual event is comprised of a Town Hall, screenings, and referrals. Participants will be able to learn from experts and patients with lived experience about opioid use disorder and treatment and take an anonymous, interactive screening.
To sign up for the town hall, visit: mcleanhospital.org/opioid-screening. The town hall will be recorded and available for future viewing. The entire event is free to the public. For more information, visit: opioidscreening.org
Friday, October 16, 2020 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
Cultural Humility as a Methodology for Collaborating with Massachusetts Native Communities
Presented by AdCare Educational Institute, MA Department of Public Health, and the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
October 8th, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Youth Substance Use 101
This training provides an overview of the disease of addiction, key issues to be aware of when working with youth struggling with substance use, and how best to support youth in recovery and their families. More info and registration >>
SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.
Learn how to administer NARCAN
GET THE FACTS
With so much information available at our fingertips, facts can get lost in the stories. Get the facts about substance use on Cape Cod, how substances impact the brain and body, and answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Research shows that increasing fear about drugs and alcohol can actually increase teenage use. So, parents can list the benefits of avoiding substance use - like getting into a good college or performing well in sports and other extracurricular activities.
My Choice Matters is a social norming campaign that works with a coordinated system of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery partners who seek to reverse statistics so that Cape Cod Communities remain happy, healthy, safe and thriving.