Welcome Back to School and to Massapequa Takes Action Coalition's (MTAC) Fall E-newsletter designed to connect parents and residents to our prevention initiatives, programs and news!

Please join our coalition , visit our website or like us on Facebook to learn more about how to be a part of the solution to prevent substance misuse!
Vaping: Danger in the Mist
New York State recently announced a ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, following a vote on emergency regulations by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.

The ban seeks to combat the increase in young people using vape products, largely as a result of e-cigarette companies marketing flavors that are intended to get children addicted to nicotine (9.19.19 NYS Governor Cuomo Press Release). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multi-state outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products (CDC, 9.11.19). 

Massapequa Takes Action Coalition (MTAC) invites all parents with children (K-12) and residents to Vaping: Danger in the Mist , a vaping prevention education program on Tuesday, October 15 th at 7:00 p.m. in Massapequa High School’s Little Theater. YES Community Counseling Center will address recent vaping health concerns and dangers with Q & A to follow the presentation.   

We encourage all parents and residents to attend this program to further understand today's youth vaping epidemic.
Make a Difference! Join US!
MTAC General Meetings
Massapequa Takes Action Coalition hosts its general meetings monthly at 7:00 p.m. in Massapequa High School's Little Theater.

Please join our fall meetings:

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019

We look forward to your input in our efforts to reduce underage drinking, marijuana and opioid misuse in the Massapequas!
Active Parenting of Teens
MTAC and YES Community Counseling Center are proud to present Active Parenting of Teens - perhaps the most effective program offered in the "how to" of raising children. Click here for our flyer .

The six session program meets Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning September 25th through October 29th at YES Community Counseling Center 152 Center Lane, Levittown. The series addresses how parents can communicate effectively with teens, understand their goals as well as reduce the risks of the teen years.

For registration and fee information, contact Kathleen Coletta at (516) 799-3203 x 127.
Opioid Prevention & FREE NARCAN Training
YES Community Counseling Center (YESCCC), in partnership with MTAC, will provide Opioid Abuse and Overdose Prevention Education for families and concerned community members on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tackapausha Museum, 2225 Washington Avenue, Seaford. Click here for our flyer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. From 2016 to 2019, MTAC and YESCCC trained over 750 Massapequa residents to administer Narcan which reverses an opioid/heroin overdose. To register, RSVP Legislator Steve Rhoads at (516) 571-6219
MTAC Rx Take Back Event
Calling all parents and residents to prevent prescription drug misuse!

Turn in unused/expired medication for safe disposal at MTAC's October Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Massapequa High School - East Driveway District Office Parking Lot.

Unable to Attend? You can drop off unused or expired meds (no liquids or ointments) any time or day at the Nassau County Police Department 7th Precinct, 3636 Merrick Road, Seaford, NY or any Nassau County Precinct! Click here for our flyer!
Positive Alternatives @ Massapequa Public Library
Red Ribbon Week Teen Project
Massapequa Public Library invites all teens (grades 6-12) to participate in a Red Ribbon Week Drug Prevention Project on Monday, October 21, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bar Harbour Library 40 Harbor Lane, Massapequa Park, NY 11762. Click here for the flyer.

Teens will help prevent substance abuse by making posters that will be displayed around the library. Register on line here!
Be Your Best Self RETURNS!!!
Massapequa Public Library, Massapequa High School's SADD Club and MTAC invite all students grades 6-8 to Be Your Best Self! The peer to peer program meets every Tuesday from November 5th through November 26th at MPL's Bar Harbour location from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

MHS' SADD Club members will discuss important topics to help students be their best selves: goal setting, decision making, managing tough emotions, relationships, communication, conflict resolution, drug awareness, and community involvement!

Click here for online registration or call Or call 516-799-0770 ext. 1 !
Prevention Matters!
About MTAC
The mission of Massapequa Takes Action Coalition is to prevent and reduce substance misuse and high-risk behaviors within the Massapequas. Since 1997, we have been collaborating with Massapequa Public Schools, parents, residents, law enforcement, clergy, private and non-profit agencies, businesses, and federal, state and local governments to enhance our efforts.  This e-newsletter was developed under grant number 1H79SPO80744-01 from the ONDCP and SAMHSA . The views, opinions, and content of this publication are those of the authors/contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.