Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) East & West
The Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboratives (SAPC) in the East and West were created in 2016 to help with regional substance abuse prevention efforts, including community education. Funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) and the Montachusett Public Health Network (MPHN), these collaboratives focus on preventing underage drinking and substance misuse and abuse by supporting the implementation of effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.
The community members, stakeholderd, city officials, and other supporters that make up the SAPC East and West clusters work closely with all of its community partners to coordinate, plan and implement activities and learning opportunities for the communities in this cluster.
- Fitchburg (lead community)
- Gardner (lead community)
TIPS for Parents
Prom season is upon us! While this can be a very exciting time for teens, it can also be an extremely nerve-wracking time for parents and guardians. We want our children to have fun and memorable experiences, but we also want them to stay safe.
Here are some quick and easy safety tips for this prom season:
- Have open communication with your teen. Have a clear understanding of their plans for the night – where they’ll be, with whom, and when – and let them know your expectations for their safety.
- Discuss ALL the rules for prom night – your rules and the school’s rules – and any consequences if rules are broken.
- Know who is driving. If your teen is riding in a limo, check the company’s policy on allowing alcohol in the vehicle.
- Encourage seatbelt use.
- If there is an after-prom party, make sure to communicate with the parents hosting the party and let them know your expectations while your child is in their care.
- Know that allowing teens to drink at an after-party in your home is illegal, no matter how closely they are supervised. Even with other parents’ consent, you will be held liable and may face serious consequences. This is called Social Host Liability.
- Consider hosting a substance-free after-prom party.
- Stay up for your prom-goers’ return home.
- Most importantly, let you teen know that it is okay to contact you if they find themselves in a dangerous situation!
SAPC East or West c/o LUK, Inc.
545 Westminster Street
Fitchburg MA 01420