The Coalition, a program of Tri-Town Council, is a community-wide partnership whose focus is to reduce and prevent substance use and abuse by establishing an environment in which youth of all ages are encouraged and choose to be substance-free. As a community we promote open dialogue, education around healthy choices, and coordination of appropriate resources. The Coalition in involved in activities including PhotoVoice, MS/HS Youth Councils, Open Gym nights, community presentations as well as data collection including the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Adult Perception Survey.
Our Community Partners Include:
- Masconomet Regional School District & Masco School Committee
- Tri-Town Elementary School Union & Boxford, Middletonm Topsfield School Committees
- Town of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield Police Departments
- Town of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield Health Departments
- Town of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield Boards of Selectmen
- Educators and Administrators within our elementary and middle and high schools
- Rotary Club of Topsfield, Boxford and Middleton
- Congregational Church of Topsfield
- Congregational Church of Middleton
- Second Congregational Church of Boxford
- Trinity Episcopal Church
- Health Professionals
- Mental Health Professionals
- Parents & Youth from Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield
- Tri-Town Council Board of Directors
- Concerned Citizens
Why Here and Why Now?
- The 2007 MA Youth Health & Risk Behaviors Report found that 73% of all high school students had consumed alcohol, 46% were drinking currently, 28% binge drank alcohol, and 20% began drinking before age 13.
- The use of illicit drugs among Americans 12 and older increased between 2008 and 2009 according to a national survey conducted by SAMHSA. (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration). Findings point to alarming increases in the use of Marijuana, prescription drug abuse and Ecstasy use.
- Headlines such as Boxford Police Break Up Huge Teen House Party Middleton Police Bust Underage Drinking Party Topsfield Parking Lot a Trouble Spot are becoming more common.
- Because early substance abuse can contribute to patterns of lifelong dependency and addiction.
- Because we know that substance-free kids learn better, are stronger emotionally, physically and socially, stay safer and make better decisions.
- Working together we can make a difference for all youth in our community! Still in its early stages, The Coalition will provide local coordination, collaboration, education and advocacy toward the ultimate goal of reducing youth substance use and abuse ensuring and sustaining a healthy Tri-Town Community. We welcome your time, talent and support.