Newton PATH: Prevention, Awareness, Treatment & Hope

Quick link: www.newtonma.gov/NewtonPath


Approach

Mayor Setti Warren 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.

Mission

We promote the following:

Resources

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. Get help and never worry alone.

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

- Newton Youth Resources Flyer

- Addiction Treatment Help, Wicked Sober

- #State WithoutStigMA, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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

About the Problem

Key Statistics:
For more statistics click here

  • 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

News & Events

STATE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO HELP PARENTS PROTECT KIDS FROM OPIOID MISUSE
Click here to read the full press release

BENCH IN AUBURNDALE COMMEMORATES A LIFE CUT SHORT BY OPIOIDS
Click here for the full Newton TAB article

RESIDENT ADVISORY GROUP

Newton PATH is looking for interested Newton residents to spearhead a community event that will support family & friends of people struggling with addiction. The event will take place fall 2017. For more information (including how to sign up), please click here. For questions, please contact health@newtonma.gov.

FREE SAFE PRESCRIBING CONFERENCE FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
All Norfolk County Registered Prescribers (MD, DO, DMD, NP, PA and Pharmacists) are invited to attend the Safe Prescribing and Dispensing Conference on September 14th from 7:30am-3:30pm at the Lantana (43 Scanlon Dr., Randolph). Continuing Education Credits available. Click here for more information.

NWH PARTNERSHIP

On April 28th, 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.

Event Recap: THE HIGHS & LOWS. April 25, 2017

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.

Event Recap: NO REGRETS. OCT. 6, 2016

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.

Listserv Signup

Sign up for our listserv to receive updates from Newton PATH.  Send your name and email address to NewtonPATH@newtonma.gov

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