From its start, HDAAC has utilized the Strategic Prevention Framework, a five-step process developed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to maximize the effectiveness of prevention strategies.
The first step of the SPF is assessing the community. HDAAC has collected assessment information that includes quantitative data such as the MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey results, Holliston Police Department reports, and Holliston Fire Department incident logs. We are currently collecting qualitative data through interviews and focus groups with 25 key stakeholders in the community.
The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.
Once the assessment is complete HDAAC will share the results with residents and ask for assistance in developing prevention strategies.
"To proactively address the misuse of drugs & alcohol in Holliston through outreach, education & support, to strengthen community connections."
HDAAC meets regularly on second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the meeting room at the Central Fire Station. All are encouraged to come! The more perspectives we have at the table, the better our prevention efforts.
HDAAC is a volunteer-based community coalition that was established in April 2015 in response to the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid-related overdoses that occurred in Holliston and/or impacted Holliston residents.
“Substance abuse affects all of us in some way, it doesn’t matter your race, income or education. For each person struggling with Substance Use Disorder there are dozens of others affected: parents, children, friends, employers and neighbors. Substance abuse is a community problem, which means we need to address it as a community.
If we educate people, talk openly about drugs with kids, make it easy for anyone to ask for help and stop shaming the victims, we can make Holliston safer for all.” That’s the message from Gina Stucchi, a recovering addict herself who has chosen to put herself “out there” in hopes of helping others.
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