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Staff Radio Interviews
Marijuana Use and Parenting: What You Need to Know
NPN Conference
CDC Report on Binge Drinking
Power of Pereceptions
Power of Pereceptions
The Truth About Vaping Presentation
National Prescriptions Drug Take Back Day
ANGST the Film & Panel Discussion
Addiction & The Adolescent Brain
Treatment Strategies for Older Adults
Purple and Proud Post Prom Grant
Mashpee Substance Use Task Force Drop-in Night
Substance Use Help Line
Recovery Supports Help Line
ISSUE: #69
April 4, 2018

Welcome to the newsletter from Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council.
Radio Interviews with Staff Members |Inside Cape Cod: Inside Talk Addiction

Barnstable County
Department of Human Services Senior Project Manager Vaira Harik dives into the issue of alcoholism on Cape Cod with statistics and a discussion on the cultural acceptance of alcohol that makes fighting the battle so difficult.

Alcohol abuse continues to be a pervasive issue on Cape Cod. Members of the Cape Cod Alcohol Coalition Jamie Binienda (Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission Inspector), Jeff Moore (Co-owner of Bobby Byrne's) and Kim Slade (Barnstable County Substance Use Prevention Specialist) discuss their work.   LISTEN HERE


Printable Infographic: Marijuana Use and Parenting: What You Need to Know

Accompanying its recently released Issue Brief 6: Marijuana Use and Parenting: What You Need to Know, the Department of Human Services is providing the community with an infographic targeted towards parents who use marijuana and who can benefit from tips on how to address their children's marijuana use.    







National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference | Save the Date

WHEN: August 28 - 30, 2018
WHERE: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
THEME: A Revolution in Prevention: Understanding the Past, Informing the Future.
Registration will be open in early May, 2018.
Early Bird Attendee Registration Fee (on or before June 22, 2018): $750
Regular Attendee Registration Fee (after June 22, 2018) $775
About the Conference:
The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field.  It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.
CDC Researchers Report on Binge Drinking

CDC researchers found that 1 in 6, or 37 million adults binge drink about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge.  Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, per occasion.  More than half of all the alcohol sold in the U.S. is consumed while binge drinking.
According to a press release by the CDC, new insights on binge drinking include:
  • While the prevalence of binge drinking was more common among young adults ages 18-34 years, more than half of the binge drinks consumed each year were by adults ages 35 years and older
  • About 4 in 5 total binge drinks were consumed by men
  • Binge drinkers with lower household incomes (less than $25,000 a year) and lower educational levels (less than high school) consumed substantially more binge drinks per year than those with higher incomes and educational levels
Binge drinking can result in dangerous, risky, and violent behavior. Over time, binge drinking also increases the risk of serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and liver failure. Binge drinking is responsible for more than half of the 88,000 alcohol-attributable deaths associated with excessive drinking in the United States each year.

Power of Perceptions & Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute are excited to announce a FREE live webinar series entitled: The Power of Perception and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services.
APRIL 26, 2018: "Why addiction is a "disease" and why it's important."
  • What is the definition of disease and why is it particularly important for addiction to be emphasized as a disease?
MAY 22, 2018: "Reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings."
  • What is the nature and extent of discrimination towards individuals with substance use disorder?
  • What is the origin and perpetuating factors to this discrimination, and how do we tackle the challenge of reducing discriminatory practices in healthcare settings?
JUNE 19, 2018: "A future without discrimination and discriminatory practices."
  • What would the treatment and public health landscape look like if we were to completely eradicate discriminatory practices?
  • What steps would need to be taken to ensure this happens?


The Journey Project: A New Interactive, Web-based Resource for Pregnant & Parenting Women

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has launched the Journey Project, an interactive web-based resource for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders.  The site, featuring informational slideshows, video testimonials and links to resources, is designed to increase access to treatment and provide support, guidance, and encouragement to women in recovery.


"The Truth About Vaping" Community Presentation
WHEN: Monday, April 30, 2018 from 6:30-8:00pm
WHERE: Sandwich High School Library

Caron Treatment Centers' Student Assistance Program will provide an
educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes
for community members in Sandwich. This program is intended for an adult-audience.

Cape Cod Police Stations Will Serve As Collection Sites For National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018  |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The 13th nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Help prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by getting rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted medications. Turn in your medication for safe disposal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at any Cape Cod police station--no paperwork is required, no need to remove labels. All liquid medications must be in sealed bottles.

Help us keep prescription drugs out of the hands of our youth and our water supplies! Thank You.
This event is sponsored by Gosnold, Cape Cod Healthcare and the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council.

ANGST, the Film and Panel Discussion
This special event is brought to you by Behavioral Health Innovators, Calmer Choice and Harwich Youth Services. 

ANGST is a 56 minute film that explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it.  The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety.  Suitable for parents and teens.  Viewings in Falmouth on April 5, 2018 and Harwich on April 12, 2018.  Read more. View flyers for Falmouth and Harwich.

This event is FREE but donations are accepted.  Registration is optional but recommended. 
There is increasing attention regarding teen brain development and how it impacts how teens behave and take risks - such as using alcohol and drugs - and what this means for parents of teens.  Come learn more about what parents and other interested members of the community can do to keep our teens safer, healthier, and substance-free through the middle and high school years.

WHEN: Sunday, April 8, 2018, Noon to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford Street. 

The afternoon will include:
  • Lunch, Resource Fair and Hidden In Plain Sight Exhibit Noon-12:45 p.m. in the Cafeteria
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Potee 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
  • Breakout Sessions 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in classrooms
    • Prescription Drug Awareness - CVS
    • Vaping - Stacey Schakel
    • Youth Intervention/Treatment - Duffy Health Center
    • Preventative Parenting - Cindy Horgan
    • Legalization of Marijuana - Falmouth Police Dept.
FREE community event with resources, lunch and childcare provided.  PLEASE R.S.V.P. APPRECIATED TO ACCOUNT FOR LUNCH TOTALS!  REGISTER ONLINE  or contact Susan Clondas at Falmouth Human Services 508-548-0533 x10.

* NEW * Community Health Center of Cape Cod's Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) In Session                         
Mashpee - Community Health Center of Cape Cod is expanding addiction treatment services.  The health center launched its Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP) for individuals who may just be leaving detox or are in need of daily, more structured outpatient support.

CHC's SOAP program is a full-day program that meets Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.  Patients are expected to attend for 1-2 weeks. Each morning consists of four behavioral groups focused on various topics, including recovery skills, relationship issues, self-esteem, and managing difficult emotions.  The afternoon is comprised of presentations from various partner agencies, and weekly yoga and nutrition classes will be offered.  Additionally, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is offered.  LEARN MORE

Treatment Strategies for Addicted Older Adults, Their Families and Caregivers    

Addiction in older adults is one of America's fastest growing health issues.  Caron and Cape Cod Healthcare present Effective Treatment Strategies for Addicted Older Adults and their Families and Caregivers Symposium on
WHEN: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM  WHERE: Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Center, 2240 Iyannough Rd., West Barnstable, MA.   LEARN MORE HERE  or contact Trudy Avery at 617-895-9656 or
 RecoveryBUILD: Alternative Peer Group Opens For Cape Teens | April 3, 2018

RecoveryBuild is a peer community where adolescents can build internal and external resources to initiate and maintain recovery from alcohol and drug-related issues.  Our mission is to keep our community's adolescent youth healthy, productive, and safe by providing a sober peer group for young people on the road to recovery.

Our Vision  A community in which all adolescents affected by drug and alcohol-related issues bond through social activities, new sober friendships, and receive recovery counseling, and family programs and eventually integrate back into the community via college or work.  Adolescents can build a sober life for themselves in an atmosphere of acceptance and support.

Key Components
  • Clinical counseling for teens and their families
  • Peer recovery coaching
  • Fun activities such as sober concerts, exercise classes, weekend camping trips
  • Regular meetings, and a place to hang out with friends
  • Group accountability
  • Transition to college or other recovery communities
WHEN: Beginning April 3, 2018 at PIER Recovery on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7 pm and Friday or Saturdays 7-11 pm.
WHERE: 209 Main Street, Hyannis 

Program membership is FREE this year thanks to the generosity of The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
If you would like to:
  • Come for a tour and learn more about the program
  • Schedule a FREE assessment for a teen
  • Discuss partnership or volunteering
  • Host a presentation of RecoveryBUILD APG in your school
  • Make a donation to the program
 Purple and Proud Post Prom Grant 
The Herren Project launched the Purple and Proud Post Prom Grant in 2014 to promote safe and substance-free after prom parties and events.  The grant is open to high schools annually who host a prom or an after prom party promoting substance-free fun.
Applications will be accepted until 3 PM on Friday, April 6th, and grant awards will be announced on Friday, April, 13, 2018.

Mashpee Substance Use Task Force Drop-in Night
This drop-in event provides substance use information, education, and treatment resource options from local organizations.  No RSVP required.
 The first Tuesday of the month
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 Community Health Center of Cape Cod  
107 Commercial Street, Mashpee, MA 02649 
Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline
Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Language interprete rs are always available.  For online service and more information,
Recovery Supports
The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline is the only statewide public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services.  Helpline services are free and confidential.  Caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options.  Call 1-800-327-5050.  You can also visit for local recovery support resources.
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