390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Sudbury Lincoln CRANE Newsletter Jan. 19
FEATURED TOPIC: Opioid Awareness and Substance Abuse
It is a well-known fact that the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions. However, it may come as a surprise how close this problem is to home.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Chapter 55 report states that, “in one way or another — through deaths, nonfatal overdoses, or disruptions to jobs, marriages, families and neighborhoods — every community in Massachusetts has been impacted by this growing crisis.”
Additionally, 2014 marked the first year that the fatal overdose rate in the Commonwealth was more than double the national average.
According to the DPH, opioids accounted for more than 25 percent of all fatalities in the 18-24 age group and for individuals from age 25-34, opioids were responsible for more than a third of all deaths.
Whether people are prescribed opioids for legitimate medical reasons or not, anyone can become addicted to or dependent on the drug. Massachusetts DPH reports that more than two-thirds of people who died from an opioid-related overdose had a legal opioid prescription at some point from 2011-2014. This makes it even more important to talk to your children about the risk of addiction and the dangers of selling or giving prescribed medications to other kids.
The National Safety Council advises parents and guardians to communicate with their children:
- Talk to your kids and teens
- Talk to their grandparents
- Warn them that taking a prescribed drug that wasn’t provided for their medical care is just as dangerous as taking illegal street drugs.
- Discuss the dangers of mixing multiple types of drugs or using drugs with alcohol.
- Explain how painkillers are made from opioids, which is similar to heroin
- Monitor computers — keep all computers and laptops in open areas such as living rooms and family rooms, as well as closely monitor children’s online activities.
- Secure any painkillers, sleep medications or stimulants in a locked drawer or container.
It is also extremely important to properly dispose of any unused medication, especially pain medications. Both the Sudbury and Lincoln Police Departments have kiosks in the police station lobby for residents to dispose of unwanted or unused medications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For those who are be concerned that their child may need help with any form of addiction, CRANE recommends the following local resources to parents:
Nurturing the Well-balanced Student, Debunking the College Myth
Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School
Strategies for Creating Successful Students – Understanding Executive Function
Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Goodnow Library
Parent Training: LS Programs and Support for Students & Creation of SEPAC
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Sudbury High School
Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tremont School (Lexington)
Reducing Anxiety in Kids
Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Brooks Auditorium, Lincoln Public School Campus
Basic Rights in Special Education
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Fowler School Library
William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral line available to families in the Sudbury and Lincoln Communities as well as Boston families with children in the Sudbury and Lincoln schools. This free and confidential service is available to residents of all ages in member towns.
Callers will be asked to describe their need and provide insurance, appointment time and location preferences. INTERFACE staff will then use their extensive database to find a licensed therapist or provider match with the appropriate specialization. They are able to make referrals in the Sudbury, Lincoln and Boston areas. INTERFACE is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-244-6843 (toll free).