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Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force

Community Partner Spotlight
In October, campuses across the country marked National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Boston University, an ABSATF community partner, ran a five-part series of articles looking at problematic drinking and making healthy choices. Read the series in BU Today.

The Task Force Needs You!

As a parent, resident, or business owner, the Task Force is looking for your good ideas to help us prevent and reduce substance abuse in Allston-Brighton. If you aren't already a member, please consider joining the Task Force. Contact Helen Connolly at 617-789-2967 to see how you can help.

Or, if you know of any youth who would be interested in getting involved with the Youth Coalition, please contact Liz Parsons at 617-789-2140.

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What's In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, both nationwide and in Allston-Brighton. Research shows the majority of those who abuse prescription drugs get them from someone they know. This fall ABSATF posted three billboards in Allston-Brighton, which implored viewers to clean out their medicine cabinets, secure prescription drugs, and visit the Task Force website for more information. This campaign is a continuation of measures that began in the spring with a safe medication disposal day and a lecture to physicians about prescription drug abuse.


Updated Community Resource Guide Available
The Community Resource Guide contains valuable information on prevention and treatment of substance abuse issues for both adults and teens. The guide has practical tips for prevention, contact information for programs and meetings, an overview of the continuum of care, and much more. For hard copies of the updated Guide, please contact Helen Connolly at Download an electronic version here.

Another Successful Walk for Recovery

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday, October 16, for the 7th annual Walk for Recovery. A special thanks to those who donated to the raffle, including the Oak Square YMCA (three memberships), People's Federal Savings Bank (annual monetary donation) and Granada House (television). And to the Oak Square Dunkin Donuts, thank you for keeping us warm on that blustery morning with your generous donation of coffee, donuts, and bagels. Read event coverage and see the photo gallery in the Allston-Brighton Tab.


Youth Coalition Speaks at State House

Youth Coalition members stand with Michael Botticelli, Mass. Dept. of Public Health director of Substance Abuse Services, at the State House during the annual BSAS Recovery Day Policy Forum.

Back to Campus: Social Host Liability
This fall ABSATF developed brochures and posters to build awareness of the social host liability law for the Boston College community and area liquor stores. The handouts and posters, which asked readers to “help keep our students safe,” were distributed during BC orientation and move-in events and during BC’s Taste of Off-Campus event.

Thank You For Your Support on Question 1
Although the alcohol tax was narrowly repealed in the Nov. 2 election, we have not lost the vision of educating the public about the value of prevention, treatment, and recovery. With your help, we will continue the fight to protect services and programs for people struggling with addiction. We appreciate your support on voting No for Question 1 and value your participation in the future.


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