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Braintree's Community Partnership on Substance Abuse
"We are focused on this important issue and want to develop a community based response. Although Braintree's Community Partnership on Substance Abuse has only just begun to do its work, it is clear from our initial discussions that the Town of Braintree has a real need to provide this service to our residents".
— Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan
The mission of Braintree's Community Partnership on Substance Abuse (BCPSA) is to increase awareness of substance abuse within the community and enhance communication between youth, parents, educators and residents utilizing evidenced based data in order to promote education, encourage prevention and provide access to resources.
About the Partnership
Braintree's Community Partnership on Substance Abuse was established in 2011 to address the substance abuse problem in our town. The South Shore has been hit hard with the opioid epidemic over the past decade. Our goal is to focus on increasing awareness of the issue among residents, educating the public, establishing prevention efforts and providing resources for those in need of treatment and support. The Partnership is comprised of educators, public safety officials, first responders, health providers, parents and professionals. Please contact the Mayor's office with any questions or concerns.
Fall 2014 - Important News Alert from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Synthetic Designer Drugs. This is particularly urgent for parents of middle school aged children and up.- click here
Substance Abuse Resources and support services
- As a result of Governor Patrick declaring a Public Health Emergency on the opioid crisis in Massachusetts, retail pharmacies are authorized to dispense Naloxone Rescue Kits. Call or visit your local pharmacy and ask if they can fill a prescription for naloxone. Persons at risk of opiate related overdose and family members or others in a position to assist a person at risk of overdose can obtain naloxone from a pharmacy. Governor's Press Release 0327-governor-declares-public-health-emergency
- Mass DPH Opioid Overdose Prevention & Reversal Information and where to get Naloxone in Massachusetts at no charge. - pdf Update 9/25/14 -- due to the state shortage of naloxone, call first to inquire from any agency on this list.
- Naloxone Pamphlet - pdf
- Braintree Fire and Police are trained to administer nasal naloxone.
Support for Family and Friends
- Learn to Cope www.learn2cope.org or call 508-801-3247. Family and friends support group.
- Families Anonymous www.familiesanonymous.org or call 617-834-1164. For family and friends concerned about a loved one's use of drugs and related behavioral problems.
Anonymously dispose of old, excess, or unwanted prescriptions in the MedReturn kiosk located in the lobby of the Braintree Police Department, 282 Union Street. Residents may use this drop off site 24 hours day.
The MedReturn kiosk was donated to the Town of Braintree in collaboration with Impact Quincy, a program of Bay State Community Services Inc., through funding from the MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
For more information www.townofbraintreegov.org/police/medication-disposal-program.html
SHARPS (Needle/Syringe) Disposal Program
SHARPS needle disposal is offered by the Braintree Health Division, located at Town Hall. Needles can be dropped off at the Health Division, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am -4:30 pm for a nominal disposal fee.
For more information www.townofbraintreegov.org/health/sharps-disposal-program.html