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Newton PATH: Prevention, Awareness, Treatment & Hope

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Newton PATH is looking for interested Newton residents to assist with some of the goals of Newton PATH and help support family & friends of people struggling with addiction. This group meets just about once per month.  For more information (including how to sign up), please contact


If you need more information or need to talk about treatment, support, or other resources, call the Health and Human Services Department at (617) 796-1420, hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm. Get help and never worry alone.

- William James College Interface Referral Service (888-244-6843)- Mental health and wellness (including addiction treatment/recovery resources) referral Helpline accessible Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Available for children, adults and families as well as educators and mental health professionals. Call to be matched with a specialist in your preferred location, insurance and specialty needs.

- Newton Wellesley Hospital Substance Use Services (SUS)- Newton Wellesley Hospital's Substance Use Services provide consultative inpatient and outpatient services to patients suffering from addiction or substance use disorder. The services that they provide include consultations, medication-assisted treatment, and education. Contact: 617-243-6062

- Massachusetts Helpline- The Helpline is the only statewide public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Contact: 800-327-5050

- New England Addiction Outreach- Provides daily updates on available detox beds (see Facebook page for more details) community outreach, treatment consulting and recovery coaching.

- Massachusetts Department of Public Health- Provides resources, statistics, and more information on the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.

- Click here for a list of addiction & recovery resources in Newton and beyond

- Addiction Recovery Resource Guide- This guide lists various recovery resources including inpatient detox, outpatient centers, residential treatment options, and more.

- Newton Youth Resources Flyer

-Guide to Finding Substance Use Treatment- Provides information on what to look for when choosing treatment for you and/or your loved one.

- Get Smart About Drugs: A DEA Resource for Parents, Educators, and Caregivers

News & Events

EVENT RECAP- Chris and Kathi Sullivan Parent and Teen Presentation, April 10th, 2018
Chris and Kathi Sullivan presented at Newton South to over 80 parents and teens about substance use, and mental health. They talked about the positive impacts parents can have on their own teen and their teens friends.

EVENT RECAP- Chris and Kathi Sullivan Presentation at Newton North- January 23rd (North), April 6th (South)
Former Patriot Chris Sullivan and his wife Kathi Sullivan presented on mental health, addiction and making good choices to students at Newton North High School. The presentation will be offered to Newton South students coming up on April 6th, then again to the community on April 10th.

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EVENT RECAP-"A Dose of Reality: The Pharmacist's Role in Pain Management and Addiction"
Newton Wellesley Hospital with Newton PATH and the Needham Health Department partnered to offer this training for pharmacists on January 25th, 2018.

Click here to learn more about the event

NewTV produces video about opioid prevention resources in Newton
Click here to watch


On April 28th, 2017 Mayor Warren announced an innovative partnership with Newton-Wellesley Hospital to provide long-term care for those suffering from addiction. Learn more by clicking here.

Drop-in Recovery Resource Night
December 7, 2017
On December 7th, Newton hosted a Drop-in Recovery Resource night in collaboration with Metro Boston Project Outreach (a collaboration of the Health and Police Departments of Belmont, Lexington, Newton, Waltham, Weston, and Watertown). The night featured various recovery organizations and resources for people struggling with addiction.

GATHER FOR HOPE November 16, 2017
On November 16th, at the American Legion Post 440, we held an event for people with loved ones affected by addiction. We had three speakers Donna White, RN, Jack Reilly (parent), and Linda Botelho (Learn 2 Cope), over 15 different recovery organizations, and a Narcan training.


A judgment-free conversation among teens and adults about the risks and realities of drug & alcohol use. NewTV was there and filming. You can check out their video here.


NewTV was there and filming. Check it out here. The evening included the film, If Only, and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Michael Jellinek. Panelists included District Attorney Marian Ryan, Dr. Susan Swick, Mike Duggan of Wicked Sober and parent Shannon Brandano.

Click here to read the full press release

Click here for the full Newton TAB article

Newton PATH's Approach

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and the City of Newton have established a multi-disciplinary working group committed to confronting the opioid crisis and substance use disorder. Newton PATH is made up of members of Health and Human Services, Police, Fire, Drug Court, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton Public Schools, the City Council, and community partners who work in the recovery community. Newton PATH is taking a multi-pronged approach to tackling this complex issue, organized into the PATH acronym Prevention, Awareness, Treatment, and Hope. 

The working group, formally launched in late 2015, has made some significant efforts to date and has more underway. For a complete list of Newton PATH's efforts to date, please click here.


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About the Problem

Key Statistics:
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  • More than 27 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders (SUD)*.
  • Across the country, 2.1 million people suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioids, causing 80 deaths daily.
  • In 2014, fatal overdoses in Massachusetts were more than 2X the national average .**
  • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US.  In 2014, 40% of those deaths were related to prescription opioids and 22% were related to heroin.
  • 80% of new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.
  • More than 50% of people who misuse prescription painkillers got them for free (or took them without asking) from a friend or relative who had a prescription.  22% got them from their doctor.
  • Today, 580 people will try heroin for the first time.
  • Since 2010, heroin deaths have increased by 248%.

      * Per the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction in America

      **Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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