Scituate: FACTS anti-drug coalition developing program action plan

The Scituate FACTS coalition for the prevention and intervention of substance abuse met last night at the town library, to develop a series of action plans for the program.

FACTS or Families, Adolescents and Communities against Substance Abuse broke off into 7 sub-committees, to gather ideas and develop and action plans.

Scituate High School Junior Catherine Blair said her teen space sub-committee has ideas about keeping kids occupied and out of trouble on weekend nights.

“We thought it was important to talk to other kids and ask them what they want in a teen space and what they want for activities around Scituate. We also thought it’s important that on Friday and Saturday nights we could find stuff for kids to do, so they don’t have temptations and have a different place to go and do things and fun activities.”

Under the police and environmental strategies sub-committee, Scituate Police Detective Lieutenant Mike Stewart said a prescription drug drop off is being planned in the police station lobby, but people also need to be educated about when to get rid of those drugs.

“It’s getting word out there when these drugs should be disposed of. For instance, someone who has chronic back pain – they’re apt to hold on to their pain meds for a longer period of time, where as you get someone who has their wisdom teeth pulled and within 5 days there is no more pain, but there’s ten pills left. You don’t hold on to those – you turn around and get rid of them,” Stewart explained.


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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.