Substance Abuse Prevention
Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition (MOAPC) With funding from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Agency(SAMHSA), Bureau of Substance Abuse Services(BSAS) has provided a grant to a cluster of communities within the Montachusett Public Health Network – Fitchburg, Leominster, Athol and Gardner – to address the issue of opioid abuse and misuse by supporting the implementation of effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.
Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration (SAPC East and West) The Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative or “SAPC“ initiative is part of a comprehensive approach to substance misuse and abuse prevention in Massachusetts, with a focus on underage drinking. The SAPC East cluster focuses on the Cities and Towns of Fitchburg, Clinton, Leominster, Princeton and Sterling. The SAPC West cluster focuses on the Cities and Towns of Athol, Gardner, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, and Westminster.
Gardner Community Action Team (GCAT) uses monies provided by the community, and by the state and federal government, LUK supports staff that coordinate a group of community members in Gardner who care about and work towards the prevention of substance abuse. Staff recruit members, provide information and support to the coalition members and at community events. With staff support, the coalition collects community data; assesses community needs, plans and executes activities and strategies based on science-based practices.