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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: WellStrong

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: WellStrong

WellStrong’s mission is to create safe, supportive communities of people in recovery from substance use disorder through fitness and meditation. They strive to offer a source of strength, inspiration and hope for a fulfilling life in recovery by offering active and mindful activities among a group of peers, that are available to anyone committed to […]

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The Good Samaritan Law in Massachusetts

We all generally understand the Good Samaritan as a person who helps another in difficulty or distress.  As the opioid epidemic becomes a reality for so many families, more and more people suffering from substance use disorder are in need of a Good Samaritan.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2015, there […]

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The Risks of “High-Functioning” Alcoholism

By on October 17, 2017 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
The Risks of “High-Functioning” Alcoholism

If someone is an alcoholic, you expect to see some particular symptoms.  Obvious signs of intoxication, missed responsibilities, and failed relationships are often associated with alcohol abuse, but this isn’t always the case.  Some people are able to consume large amounts of alcohol while remaining productive at work and at home.  These individuals are often […]

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Regional Substance Use Council Website Launch

By on August 15, 2017 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
Regional Substance Use Council Website Launch

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services’ Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC) announced the launch of its new web site – MyChoiceMatters.net. RSAC works with Cape Cod communities, elected officials, schools, businesses and health and human services agencies to provide resources and support in the areas of prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery. As part of this […]

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If It’s At Your House, You’re On The Hook

If It’s At Your House, You’re On The Hook

Know the Law:  Buying, serving, or supplying alcohol to anyone under 21 is against the law.  M.G.L. Chapter 138 section 34 “whoever furnishes any such beverage or alcohol for a person under 21 years of age shall be punished by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one […]

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Senior Year of High School. A Time of Nostalgia, Excitement, Possibility, and Temptations.

Senior Year of High School. A Time of Nostalgia, Excitement, Possibility, and Temptations.

Your teen may be graduating soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to let go.  From spring break to prom, senior trips to graduation day, there are plenty of opportunities where teens may consider taking risks, especially drinking and drug use.  Surveys show that 81% of high school seniors think marijuana would be fairly easy […]

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Where We Stand: Addiction on Cape Cod

By on October 12, 2016 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
Where We Stand: Addiction on Cape Cod

Where We Stand – Addiction on Cape Cod is an information/resource document that talks about the work our community has been doing to address substance use issues on Cape Cod, some basic facts about addiction, and links to local resources. Please share this resource with others who may find it helpful and informative?  If you […]

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The Words We Use Matter: Reducing Stigma through Language

By on October 12, 2016 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
The Words We Use Matter: Reducing Stigma through Language

The stigma of addiction.  People who struggle with addiction face a wide range of stigmas.  A stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person or a group apart.  When people are labeled primarily because of their addiction, they are being negatively stereotyped. Biased, hurtful words, attitudes and behavior represent prejudices against peo;e with […]

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Alcohol Abuse: A Major Public Health Issue – Know More Before You Pour

By on October 12, 2016 in Substance Abuse Related Articles with 0 Comments
Alcohol Abuse: A Major Public Health Issue – Know More Before You Pour

Messages for CADCA and NIAAA Awareness Project – Know More Before You Pour Visit the Know More Before You Pour webpage. ALCOHOL ABUSE: A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE Learn More: Alcohol Facts and Statistics Fact Sheet Consequences: Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading […]

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Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Student Athletes

Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Student Athletes

Massachusetts is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Athletes in particular, due to their risk of injury and the resulting pain, may be at risk for misusing prescription opioids.  The following article explains prevention:  preventing-prescription-opioid-misuse-among-student-athletes_0 Source: Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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