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Hingham to host substance-abuse awareness workshop

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 19, 2012 05:00 PM

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Local groups are hoping to prevent substance abuse with a free workshop at Hingham Town Hall on May 7.

The event is for anyone in Hingham and nearby communities, and is the first time numerous coalitions of the Families, Adolescents and Communities Together against Substances group (FACTS) will meet to discuss substance problems.

South Shore FACTS consists of groups from Hingham, Carver, Scituate, Cohasset, Hull, Norwell, and Duxbury, and was started through South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection program.

“Youth Health Connection does a lot of stuff like this, whether it be suicide prevention, or bullying, or substance abuse among youth. It’s right up their alley,” said Sarah Darcy, a media relations representative for South Shore Hospital.

The event will also be put on with the help of the Plymouth District Attorney’s office and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).

Mainly, organizers hope the presentation will show adults, adolescents, and teens how to better prevent and avoid substance issues.

The presentation will feature tips from SADD’s Teen Today Research, presented by local SADD student members, and a presentation by author Jenifer Lippincott, who co-authored "7 Things Your Teenager Won't Tell You: And How To Talk About Them Anyway," published in 2005.

The event will also include a brief video created as part of the statewide campaign against substance abuse, which includes clips from local teens and the Hingham chief of police.

There will also be resource tables handing out further information, and awards will be given to teens who have assisted with the program this academic year.

Finally, organizers are also holding a poster contest, open to any student in the area grades 7-12. Posters must reflect alcohol or substance-abuse awareness or prevention, and must include a short positive prevention message.

For a list of rules and prizes, click here.

Funding for the program comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and the Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

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