Members of the Scituate community were recently contacted by CBS News in New York to learn about our local mobilization against the opioid crisis. In researching for a story on the involvement of faith communities, Producer Liz Kineke learned of the 2014 Vigil of Hope and other efforts in Scituate. They agreed that Scituate FACTS Coalition is a model to follow! Several Coalition members are showcased in this 30-minute documentary, that is now airing across the country!
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The program talks about efforts to reduce illicit drug use as it moves from the cities to the suburbs.
An interview with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy discusses substance use disorders are a public health issue, not a criminal justice problem, and how they are working to put an adequate infrastructure in place to support this change in policy.
Interviews with pioneers in the field of addiction research and treatment talk about why legal and illegal drugs of today are especially dangerous in the hands of young people and why we need more efforts around prevention and intervention.
The program also visits Scituate, Mass., where a grassroots coalition was formed in response to the opioid epidemic in young adults. The Scituate FACTS Coalition brings together local law enforcement, school officials and treatment providers as a means to help prevent teen drug abuse.
Annmarie Galvin tells us why she helped start this organization and they cover the April 2014 vigil, when over 300 citizens joined local clergy at Gates School to support recovery.
Finally, a native of Scituate, discusses her 18-year struggle to overcome an addiction to heroin. Today she credits her recovery to connecting with her spiritual self and community.
Following the national CBS Special broadcast on April 12, 2015 this program may be viewed again at:
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