Thank you GSA for being ambassadors in the field of substance use prevention!!! You are leading a culture shift among your peers. Team Medford asks that you continue to be loud and proud, continue to speak about the harms of substance use, but also the HOPE and the help that people struggling with addiction have. Here are highlights from the great projects that were shared the night of the event with the underlying thread of substance use effecting families and communities as a whole. Billboard displayed on 93 with the assistance of Mayor Burke’s Office Success Through Struggle Video Info graphics- Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and other drug use & coping strategies and alternative activities Newsletter with original poetry from students at Medford High School GSA Newsletter and Resources Prevention Messages: o talk to your children early and often about the risks of drug and alcohol use, o set rules and expectations for the family, o discuss the pressure that youth might receive from friends to experiment and how to respond o and, where appropriate, about family histories of substance use It is also important for parents, community leaders and other adults in the community to know that while any young person can be vulnerable to prescription drug or any other substance misuse, most young people in our community are making good decision about substance use. Please remind family and friends on the importance of not allowing easy access to substances in the home. Always properly secure, monitor, and dispose of prescription medications. Stigma is one of
Successes Through Struggle- an organic view from the perspective of young people that have been impacted by the disease of addiction. The video has been produced by students from the GSA, and features Medford High graduates, and current students. Let us continue to reduce the stigma of addiction as it is the leading barrier to effective prevention, treatment and recovery. #StatewithoutStigMA
The 40 Developmental Assets have been a framework for prevention in Medford for the past 10 years. Many organizations and people are building assets in Medford youth daily. ‘Medford’s Got Assets’ video highlights all the wonderful asset builders in the community and the depth and strength that internal and external assets have in ones life. Thank you to all those that made this video possible and all those that continue to build assets. The more assets one has the more likely they are to thrive!!!
The Asset video has been put into small clips for you to get the knowledge of how Medford is thriving in short segments. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Resources Part 3: Role Models Part 4: Communication Part 5: The 40 Developmental Assets Part 6: Community Service Part 7: Team TADD Watch the clips at your convenience!!!
To reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription medications by creating awareness of the prescription drug epidemic and providing a solution to reduce access. Speaking to your children about the dangers of prescription drugs and the importance of not sharing mediations is protecting them. Be sure to set clear rules about all drug use! The magnet is a tool to create awareness about the measures to prevent use and for families to have access to a safe and secure disposal unit. The drug disposal unit is a year round option to rid the homes of unwanted medications. View Magnet here