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We are a coalition of youth & adults living and working in Reading, MA who promote a safe, healthy, vibrant community in which everyone makes healthy decisions and ensures that today's resources shape tomorrow's strengths.

LATEST COALITION NEWS- SEPTEMBER 2017 RECOVERY MONTH EVENTS PLANNED- Community Education

Sept. 28, 2017- Dr. Ruth Potee's Presentation from the 11th Annual RCASA Meeting
Sept. 28, 2017- Dr. Ruth Potee's Presentation from the 11th Annual RCASA Meeting

As promised, Dr. Potee has allowed us to share her presentation from the 11th Annual RCASA Meeting.  Thank you to all that attended and to Dr. Potee for her insight and knowledge. When available, we will post the link to the RCTV Youtube for online viewing of her presentation.

Dr._Potee_Community_Talk_2017-2018.pdf

Dr. Ruth Potee is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, she is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.  Dr. Potee is nationally recognized for her public speaking style that skillfully blends scientific research with an understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens.  She is an extremely dynamic and sought after speaker who, in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, has made it her mission to educate the public about the nature of addiction and why it is the only brain disease that is 100% preventable…“It’s chemistry, not character”.  

Learn more about Dr. Potee's work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjyvRQFbseQ

More recovery month events at Community Education

 

Sept. 26, 2017- Voices for Recovery & Remembrance Event Photos
Sept. 26, 2017- Voices for Recovery & Remembrance Event Photos

The Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition hosted their 4th Annual Voices for Recovery and Remembrance Event.  RCASA and coalitions from Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield & Winchester gathered on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at Reading Memorial High School to hear from speakers, exchange resources, and remember loved ones through the luminaria walk.

Acoustic music was shared by Dave, Friends of Jake, Learn more about jamsforjake at https://www.gofundme.com/jams-for-jake-fundraiser

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Speakers shared with the audience about the important of support for family, dispelling stigma, and celebrating the talents within out communities. Resource tables provided important information and hope for recovery.

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Participants had the opportunity to decorate bags for loved ones or write messages of hope.  Tom Zaya, Asst. Principal at RMHS rang the bell for recovery to close out the evening.  Thanks to all that came out and participate in this special evening.


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More recovery month events at Community Education

55 blankets handmade by Old South Methodist, First Congregational & RCASA Members during recovery month
55 blankets handmade by Old South Methodist, First Congregational & RCASA Members during recovery month

Members of First Congregational Church, Old South Methodist Church and RCASA participated in handmade blanket making for Greater Boston Project Linus throughout the month of September. Homemade blankets will be matched with children that experience opioid-related trauma.

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(First Congregational Church Blankets- handmade by Church volunteers and visitors to the Old Redding Faire.  Special thanks to Betsy, Lin, Kathy and Jen)

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(Members of the Old South Methodist Church pictured with Jen Hillary of RCASA and Marian Ryan, Middlesex DA)

Learn more about the District Attorney's previous efforts with Project Linus

Middlesex_DA_Donates_215_Blankets_For_Kids_Who_Experience_Opioid.pdf

Local first responders will provide handmade blankets to children exposed to opioid-related trauma

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RCASA/Reading/N. Reading Chamber of Commerce Substance Abuse & Workplace Issues Presentation-9/20/17 @ Fusion Restaurant
RCASA/Reading/N. Reading Chamber of Commerce Substance Abuse & Workplace Issues Presentation-9/20/17 @ Fusion Restaurant

RCASA & Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce

Substance Abuse & Workplace Issues Presentation-9/20/17 @ Fusion Restaurant

This business breakfast focused on ways to prevent, reduce, or intervene in substance abuse affecting workplaces and employees. Local police and Reading Coalition on Substance Abuse (RCASA) shared critical resources to address this issue as well as employee and customer safety. Many scenarios and tools were provided to help educate businesses, employees and the community.

Presentation can be accessed at the link below:

www.reading.k12.ma.us/community/rcasa/community-education/

Resources for businesses

Local coalitions Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse and North Reading Community Impact Team

Mental Health First Aid Training for Employees- www.reading.k12.ma.us/community/rcasa/mental-health-first-aid

People who enroll in local Mental Health First Aid courses learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems. Erica McNamara, Certified Trainer can provide this 8-hr program free of charge for groups of 5-30 in Reading, MA.  Sessions can be broken out over time to accommodate schedules.

More resources:

INTERFACE REFERRAL SERVICE- Get connected to mental health services!
INTERFACE REFERRAL SERVICE- Get connected to mental health services!
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse shared a link.
Posted on: October 18, 2017
Do you know someone who could overdose from pain medication or heroin?
If so, ask a pharmacist today about getting Naloxone. Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids. It could also save a life. It’s available in a few forms. It’s easy to use and training is available if you want it.
Send an anonymous tip to Reading PD
Bring unwanted Rx to Reading Police 24/7 Dropbox
Dispose of your meds properly, protect the environment & help reduce prescription drug misuse. Store any remaining bottles safely & away from children/teens.
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  • RCASA & Reading Police
Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse  15 Union Street  Reading, MA 01867
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