Scituate: Drug coalition hosting public forum with former Celtics basketball star

The Scituate FACTS Coalition or Families Adolescents and Communities Together Against Substances, met at the Harbor Community Building Monday night.

The group is a coalition of community leaders, students, teachers and other professionals, all coming together to educate and raise awareness about drug abuse.

FACTS group coordinator Anne Marie Galvin said Scituate, like other area communities, does have a serious drug problem.

“I think Scituate is similar to other south shore communities and it’s pretty bad. Our alcohol, marijuana use and non-personally prescribed pill use is higher than the state average and that’s something that we’d like to go away. We’d like it to be less than – and move towards zero”, Galvin explained.

The FACTS group is bringing former Celtics basketball player and recovering heroin addict Chris Herren to speak at the Scituate High School gymnasium Tuesday night, October 2 at 6:30. The program is appropriate for kids 12 and older and its $5.00 for adults and kids get in free.

“Chris Herren is a former NBA player – he grew up in Fall River, MA. and was a big ball player. He went to Boston College and was drafted for the Celtics and was traded, but all the while was battling a very terrible addiction. He is four years into recovery and has an awesome foundation, where he comes and speaks and draws a great crowd -he’s a really moving speaker. All are welcome at the event”, Galvin said.

The Scituate FACTS coalition is also applying for a federal grant, to help develop strategies to reduce substance abuse.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.