East Hampton Prevention Partnership

Substance Abuse Education and Awareness
East Hampton Prevention Partnership

Substance Abuse Education

This Council is a grassroots organization that focuses on substance abuse education, awareness and providing alternative activities to the youth of East Hampton, Connecticut.

East Hampton Prevention Partnership is looking to increase our communities education and continue a much needed conversation on opioids.

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February Meeting: The East Hampton Prevention Partnership will host it’s regular Coalition meeting on Tuesday, February 19th at 3:00pm in the East Hampton High School Library.

Youth Committee: The Youth Committee of the East Hampton Prevention Partnership will meet on February 12th immediately after school in the East Hampton High School Library.

Meeting with RBHAO: As the Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) serving DMHAS Region 2, members of EHPP are invited to attend one of the upcoming sessions. This first session will allow for us to further get to know each other, understand community needs and concerns, advisory council opportunities, and share upcoming opportunities for our Local Prevention Council and other local community coalitions. James will be attending the 2/14 session.

 East Hampton Prevention Partnership | (860)267-7300 ex 207

Medication Drop Box

East Hampton Police Department

Pictured from left to right, East Hampton Police Chief Dennis Woessner, Town Manager Michael Maniscalco and Prevention Coordinator James Olsen

The East Hampton Prevention Partnership has partnered with the East Hampton Police Department in securing a permanent Medication Drop Box. It has been installed at the East Hampton Police Department located at 20 E High St # 2, East Hampton, CT

Citizens can dispose of medications whether they are over the counter or prescription. Also included are medications for pets, liquid meds in sealed containers, medication ointments and lotions. All meds can be emptied into zip lock bags. Empty medication bottles can be recycled, just be sure to cross off any personal information.

Unused Prescription Medications

Disposing of Unused Prescription Medications

By utilizing a drop box, we can keep unused prescription medications out of the hands of loved ones. It is a safer alternative to throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet and endangering the environment.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility as a matter of public safety. More than 70 percent of young people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or family, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet. Now East Hampton citizens won’t have to wait for a specific take-back day to clean out their medicine cabinets.

The Prevention Partnership and the East Hampton Police Department have made substance abuse a priority in our community.

Since its installation in September The Medication Drop box has collected 172 Pounds of MedicationA special thank you to the Town of East Hampton Public Works and D&F Wraps for installing and wrapping the Medication Drop Box.

Upcoming Events

Speak Out Night Epoch Arts Event

 February 1, 2019

East Hampton Prevention Partnership is excited to bring Speak Out Night, a powerful three part series in collaboration with Epoch Arts  on February 1st, @ 7pm. Speak Out Night will feature the documentary “Written Off”  focusing on a true story of addiction and prescription drugs. Adults 18 and over are invited to hear a short presentation on narcan and be trained in administering it. Teens will work on an art project in response to the movie. On February 9th there will be an Arts Response and anyone is invited to share their response to this issue in any art form.

 East Hampton Prevention Partnership | (860)267-7300 ex 207

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Epoch Arts - An Arts Response

Saturday, February 9 at 7:00PM

This year the students of Epoch Arts will respond in an artistic way to the theme: The Crave: Battling Opioid Addiction. Epoch has partnered with the East Hampton Prevention Partnership as well as a representative pharmacist from CVS and hosted several opioid workshops. The cast and community has learned valuable insight to the problems and hopeful solutions of opioids. Our students will tackle this tough issue by speaking out through the use of the arts. This year we invite you to watch as our students share stories, art, film, poetry, music, dance and a variety of healthy responses to this overwhelming issue. The event will be February 9th, 7:00pm. $8 admission, 27 Skinner Street, East Hampton ct. www.epocharts.org


Facts About Opioid Abuse

East Hampton Prevention Drug Abuse

National Crisis

Opioid abuse has become a national crisis in the United States. Statistics highlight the severity of the epidemic, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse reporting that more than 2 million Americans abuse opioids and that more than 90 Americans die by opioid overdose every day, on average.

Why People Become Addicted

Why do people become addicted to opioids?

Opioids can make your brain and body believe the drug is necessary for survival. As you learn to tolerate the dose you’ve been prescribed, you may find that you need even more medication to relieve the pain or achieve well-being,which can lead to dependency. Addiction takes hold of our brains in several ways  and is far more complex and less forgiving than many people realize.

How to Avoid Addiction

How can you avoid addiction to opioids?

If you or a loved one is considering taking opioids to manage pain, it is vital to talk to a physician anesthesiologist or other pain medicine specialist about using them safely and exploring alternative options if needed. Learn how to work with your physician anesthesiologist or another physician to use opioids more wisely and safely and explore what pain management alternatives might work for you.

What should you do?

What should you do if you or someone you know is addicted?

If you or a loved one is ready to seek help for an addiction, the first step is to find a physician or other health professional who can help. Ask your physician for a referral to a medical professional in addiction medicine. Or search the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s website for addiction specialists in your area. The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry also has a Patient Referral Program.

There’s also a State Agencies webpage that helps you find state agencies that might have special programs for you or a loved one.

New Vaping Policy

East Hampton High School Vaping Policy

The Youth Committee of the East Hampton Prevention Partnership partnered with the East Hampton High School Student Council to create a new school policy on vaping. To introduce the new policy, members of the Youth Committee created  handouts for each student. The Youth Committee was set up in the main entrance of EHHS at dismissal to hand each student a small bottle of bubbles with a business card attached which was printed with the New Vaping Policy.

As the students left the building with their bubbles, there was a bubble machine set up outside the main entrance of the already snowy March day.

EHHS Lead Conference

Lead Conference

EHPP’s Youth Committee members attended this year’s LEAD Conference which was held at Haddam-Killingworth Middle School. This is a one day state wide youth leadership conference designed to teach young people the skills and tools needed to create, change, and inspire others in their own community. 

Mental Health Day EHPP

Mental Health Day

During all 3 lunch waves at East Hampton High School students were given the opportunity to visit the East Hampton Partnership Prevention table to raise suicide awareness, promote mental health, and show the students that they matter. EHHS Students were able to take numerous freebies, participate in activities, and enter to win prizes.

Local CT Prevention Councils

1. Chester

Please see Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

2. Clinton

Partners in Community

Location: Clinton Town Hall

Address: 61 East Main St., Clinton, CT 06413

Phone: 860-664-1141/1142

Email: kedwards@clintonct.org

Visit them at http://www.facebook.com/ClintonPiC

3. Cromwell

Cromwell Prevention and Awareness Council

Co-Chairs:  Henry Speno & Sue Schein

Location: Cromwell High School

Address: 34 Evergreen Road Cromwell, CT 06416

Phone:  (860) 632-4841 x14700 (Speno)

Email:  hspeno@cromwell.k12.ct.us

4. Deep River

Please see Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

5. Durham

Durham-Middlefield Local Wellness Council

Location: Durham Middlefield Youth & Family Serices

Address: 405 Main St., Middlefield, CT 06455

Phone: 860-349-0258

Email: Bdean.dmyfs@comcast.net

6. East Haddam

East Haddam Local Prevention Council

Location: East Haddam Youth Service Bureau

Address: 387 East Haddam-Moodus Rd, P.O. Box 572 Moodus, CT 06469

Phone: 860-873-3296

Email: toni.mccabe@ehyfs.org

7. East Hampton

East Hampton Local Prevention Council

Location: East Hampton High School

Address: 15 North Maple Street East Hampton, CT 06424

Phone: 860-267-1371

Email: kirene@aol.com

8. Essex

Please see Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition

9. Haddam-Killingworth

Healthy Communities-Healthy Kids Coalition

Location: H-K Youth & Family Services Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc.

Address: 91 Little City Road, P.O. Box 432 Higganum, CT 06441

Phone: 860-345-7498

Email: cristal@hkyfs.org

Visit them at: http://www.hc-hk.org

10. Killingworth

Please see Haddam-Killingworth Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

11. Middlefield

Please see Durham-Middlefield Local Prevention Council

12. Middletown

Middletown Substance Abuse Prevention Council

Location: Middletown Youth Services

Address: 370 Hunting Hill Avenue Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: 860-347-8594 (Carbonella) 860-852-1080 (Vaughters)

Email: carbonellaj@mps1.org or fvaught@rushford.org

Visit them at: http://middletownlpc.blogspot.com

13. Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook Local Prevention Council

Location: Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services

Address: 322 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Phone: 860-395-3190

Email: hmcneil@town.old-saybrook.ct.us

Visit them at: http://www.oldsaybrookct.org/pages/oldsaybrookct_youth/HCHYOS

14. Portland

Portland Local Prevention Council

Location: Portland Youth & Family Services

Address: 265 Main Street, P.O. Box 71 Portland, CT 06480

Phone: 860-342-6758

Email: mpont@portlandct.org

15. Tri-Town Region

Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (Chester, Deep River, Essex)

Location: Tri-Town Youth Services

Address: 56 High Street, P.O. Box 897 Deep River, CT 06417

Phone: 860-526-3600

Email: ttysb@aol.com or allison@ttysb.org

Visit them at: http://www.tritownys.org/Coalition.html

16. Westbrook

Westbrook Local Prevention Council

Location: Westbrook Parks and Recreation

Address: 866 Boston Post Road Westbrook, CT 06498

Phone: 860-399-3095

Email: rannino@westbrookct.us

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