South County Prevention Coalition


South County Regional Coalition

Charlestown • Hopkinton • Narragansett • New Shoreham • North Kingstown • Richmond • South Kingstown • Westerly


Thank you to all the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant Applicants! We were overwhelmed with the number of thoughtful, innovative ideas from committed community partners across South County. 

Congratulations to the recipients of our Opioid Success Grants!

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Hospital Association of RI

The Compass School

Wood River Health Services

Boys & Girls Club of Newport

Westerly Education Center

Thundermist Health Center



Coalition Leadership:

Heidi Driscoll

Grant Management:

Partnership for Success (PFS) Grant Manager                                                                                                                                  Kathy Gardner

State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant Manager                                                                                                                                   Cyndi Rego



Our Community Coalitions:


Block Island Wellness Coalition

Jill Seppa


South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention

MK Whitten                                                                                                                                                              Melissa Mowry                                                                                                                                         Sonia Lacombe

Narragansett Prevention Partnership

Kelly Cartwright                     
Renae Martin

North Kingstown Prevention Coalition


Kathy Yeager

Robin Monica


Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention

Dan Fitzgerald                                                                                                                                                       Terri Censabella


Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

Ashley Iadevaia 




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Parents:  Talk Early, Talk Often and Listen

                            It Starts with You

Communicate the importance of healthy behaviors and establish clear and specific rules about not using marijuana and other drugs. This can be part of a broader conversation about expectations like:
• Doing chores                                              • Following parental rules
• Following laws and school regulations      • Bedtimes
• School and class attendance                    • Curfews
• Showing respect for family members
Remember to provide compliments for good choices and healthy behavior.

What to say:
“It is important to our family that we all stay healthy and safe. One way to do this is to avoid drug use, including marijuana. This is especially important for teenagers since marijuana can harm the developing brain. That’s why we have a family rule against using marijuana. If we find out you are using drugs, what do you think a fair consequence would be?”

Keep track of your child.
• Monitor your teen’s behavior to ensure the rules are being followed.
• Remain actively involved in your teen’s life and get to know his or her friends.
• Network with other parents so that you may support one another to keep your children away from drugs.

Keep lines of communication open.
• Eat dinner together.
• Do fun family activities together.
• Communicate the way your teen does (texting, email, Facebook, Twitter).

Support For Teens:  Alateen Meetings in Rhode Island
If addiction or alcoholism is affecting your family you are invited to an alateen meeting.

For Adults: Find an AA Meeting