Teens and Destructive Behaviors
Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune. (Giuseppe Garibaldi)
Heidi has a Masters in Social Work and has worked in the field of youth substance abuse for over 20 years, with experiences ranging from SADD, where she worked as Director of Field Services for five years, to working with communities, courts, and state governments to address youth risk associated with drugs and alcohol.
Wayland, MA, has a long history of dedication to youth substance abuse prevention dating back to the 1980s as the founding community of SADD, then called “Students Against Drunk Driving”, after some tragic teenage alcohol-related driving deaths.
The Wayland Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has been in existence for over twenty years. The goals of the Coalition are to raise community awareness about youth substance abuse and its prevention through education, social marketing, and advocacy and to strengthen the community infrastructure to address youth substance abuse problem and develop a comprehensive community-wide strategic plan to address the issue. Coalition members include Wayland Public School staff and administrators, students, parents, representatives of the Wayland Police Department, Wayland Youth and Family Services, the Wayland Business Association, the Clergy Association, community health professionals and other leaders in the community.
The coalition is supported via grants. It received a three-year grant in 2005 from the MetroWest Health Care Foundation, and, in October 2008, a five year grant under the Drug Free Communities Support program, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The Coalition holds monthly meetings the first Thursday of every month, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Wayland High School Commons Conference Room and is open to all from the community.
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