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:

Director
Heidi Driscoll   hdriscoll@risas.org

Grant Management:

Partnership for Success (PFS) Grant Manager                                                                                                                                  Kathy Gardner       kgarder@risas.org

State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant Manager                                                                                                                                   Cyndi Rego      crego@risas.org

                                                                                                                   

 

Our Community Coalitions:

 

Block Island Wellness Coalition

blockislandwellness.org

Jill Seppa   jillseppa@gmail.com

 

South Kingstown Partnership for Prevention

https://swellri.org/

MK Whitten   SKPP@sksd-ri.net                                                                                                                                                              Melissa Mowry Skpp-outreach@sksd-ri.net                                                                                                                                         Sonia Lacombe Slacombe@skprevention.org

Narragansett Prevention Partnership

narragansettprevention.org

Kelly Cartwright    narraprevention@gmail.com                     
Renae Martin    gansettprevention@gmail.com
 

North Kingstown Prevention Coalition

NkPrevention 

Kathy Yeager    kathy_yeager@nksd.net

Robin Monica  robin_monica@nksd.net

 

Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention

Charihoyouth.org

Dan Fitzgerald  Dan@Charihoyouth.org                                                                                                                                                       Terri Censabella  TerriCensabella051@gmail.com

 

Westerly Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

westerlysubstanceabuse.org

Ashley Iadevaia   Preventionashley@gmail.com 

 

 

GOT DRUGS?

Find out where to dispose of your unused and expired medications here

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Check out what our South Kingstown youth group RIPL are doing in school and the community. Youth engagement is VITAL to our work!


 

 

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