Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition
With funding from SAMHSA, BSAS has provided a grant to a cluster of communities within the Montachusett Public Health Network – Fitchburg, Leominster, Athol and Gardner – to address the issue of opioid abuse and misuse by supporting the implementation of effective and sustainable strategies and interventions. Fitchburg, as the lead community in the cluster, has contracted with LUK, Inc. to provide leadership for the successful administration of the grant.
The goal of Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition (MOAPC) is to support the implementation of local policy, practice, systems and environmental change for three key purposes:
- To prevent the misuse of opioids (including first use);
- To prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and nonfatal hospital events associated with opioid poisonings; and
- To increase both the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these issues.
Fitchburg, Gardner, and Leominster have existing Community Action Teams and Athol has the North Quabbin Community Coalition Substance Abuse Task Force. By building upon existing Coalitions while piloting interventions in the first year to address opioid misuse and abuse, MOAPC will be in a position to address the needs of each community. Data collection will assist in the assessment of needs and resources throughout the cluster communities, as we determine the variations in need, readiness and capacity to implement successful regional strategies.
99 Day Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
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