Drugs: True Stories (Registration required)
Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

Drugs: True Stories (Registration required)

  • Natick Community-Senior Center

Is your child “above the influence?” 

Would you know if your child wasn’t?

Join us for “Drugs: True Stories”--

An interactive discussion for middle schoolers and their parents

SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER HERE.

Joel’s parents were in complete denial.  “Drugs: True Stories” features 18-year-old Joel and his compelling story of misuse of prescription painkillers. A reminder of how addiction can occur in any family, his parents and younger sister describe their denial, how addiction affected the entire family and Joel’s path to recovery.

Also featured is Trevor, 18, who shares his story of successfully avoiding substance use and provides tips for young people who want to reduce their risk of becoming addicted to substances.

Wednesday, March 29th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Natick Community-Senior Center

This workshop is for students in grades 6-8* and their parents and caregivers and will focus on:

1) how to recognize substance use in a young person;

2) how to respond; and

3) tips for staying drug and alcohol free.

*Parents, please note that "Drugs: True Stories" is designed for use in grades 5 and up butincludes discussion of risky decisions that some young people make, such as underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug misuse.

 

“Drugs: True Stories helps young people and parents understand the dangers associated with the misuse of drugs. The stories illuminate issues that are essential for everyone to understand: there are real risks and hazards associated with using drugs; these drugs can adversely affect the brain; and, that it is possible to prevent drug misuse,” 

-Dr. Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Director, Division on Addictions, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

"Not My Kid" - The Impact of Addiction on a Young Man & his Family
Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

"Not My Kid" - The Impact of Addiction on a Young Man & his Family

  • Natick High School
SOAR (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery) and NTY will be hosting Cory Palazzi and his family for a discussion about the impact of addiction.  Cory was a promising athlete and honor student who became addicted to alcohol, drugs and eventually heroin after his athletic career ended due to injury. In July of 2013, he overdosed on heroin, suffering a brain injury and is now permanently disabled. In this program, Cory and his parents actively share their story in hopes of preventing tragedy.
Community Vigil Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives to Addiction
Dec
18
6:30 pm18:30

Community Vigil Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives to Addiction

  • First Congregational Church of Natick

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy, it can also be a difficult time of year for those who have lost a loved one to addiction. Please join fellow community members in remembering and supporting those in Natick who have been impacted by drug and alcohol addiction.

The evening will include music, testimony, inspirational speaking, and interfaith prayer. A brief reception will follow 7:30-8:00 PM.

If you or someone you love has struggled with addiction, please know that you are not alone.

Sponsored by Natick Interfaith Clergy, Natick Together for Youth, SPARK Kindness, SOAR Natick (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery), the Natick Community Services Department, the Natick Fire Department, the Natick Health Department, the Natick Police Department and Natick Public Schools. 

Nov
15
6:30 pm18:30

Natick Opioid Forum Rescheduled

Due to a scheduling conflict, the "Continuing the Conversation" community forum about the opioid crisis has been postponed until after Town Meeting in order to ensure that key town leaders are present for this important discussion with community members. The new forum will take place on November 15, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM at the Morse Institute Library. We hope you will be there!


Your voice is important. If you need to talk to someone about your concerns regarding opioid addiction, please contact Katie Sugarman at 508-647-6623 or csugarman@natickps.org

Pizza with a Purpose Fundraiser!
Nov
10
11:00 am11:00

Pizza with a Purpose Fundraiser!

  • California Pizza Kitchen

Bring this flyer below (printed or electronic copy) to the California Pizza Kitchen at the Natick Mall anytime on Thursday, November 10th, and 20% of the proceeds from your meal will go towards NTY's youth group NASSA (Natick Against Student Substance Abuse). NASSA is made up of Natick High School students who support their peers in living drug and alcohol free.

Town Hall Forum on Underage Drinking: Building the Foundation for Addiction Prevention
Oct
26
7:00 pm19:00

Town Hall Forum on Underage Drinking: Building the Foundation for Addiction Prevention

  • Natick High School

Are you concerned about drinking behaviors among youth in Natick? Do you want to learn what can parents and communities do to decrease the rates of addiction among young people? Learn from experts about the links between underage drinking and other drug use, and hear local statistics about Natick’s adolescent substance use rates.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Paola Pedrelli, Ph.D.

Dr. Paola Pedrelli, Ph.D. is an instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Psychology at Mass General Hospital. Dr. Pedrelli’s research focuses on understanding, assessing, and treating depressive symptoms and alcohol use disorders, particularly among college students. Dr. Pedrelli will offer about how to help teens prepare for a healthy transition into college life.

HERE is the link for registration.

Questions? Please contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training
Jun
30
7:00 pm19:00

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

  • MetroWest Medical Center

RSVP for this training is encouraged but not required.

To register, please click here.

This training is open to the public and is intended for individuals and families who are experiencing or are in recovery from opioid addiction. It will take place Thursday, June 30, 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM at the MetroWest Medical Center--Leonard Morse Hospital, Helm Auditorium, 2nd Floor (67 Union Street, Natick).

Participants will learn:
1.) How to reduce the risk of an overdose.
2.) How to recognize and respond to an overdose in order to save a life.
3.) How to access and administer intranasal Naloxone (also known as Narcan).
4.) What legal protections exist for individuals and families experiencing substance use disorders (Including: the rights of behavioral healthcare consumers; commitment laws in MA; the protections and limitations of the Good Samaritan Law; and information about the recent opioid bill that passed in Massachusetts).

Questions? Please contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.

Sponsored by Natick Together for Youth, SOAR Natick (Supporting Our Addicts' Recovery), and the Town of Natick.

Hidden in Plain Sight: A special exhibit to help parents spot the signs of youth substance use
May
9
May 26

Hidden in Plain Sight: A special exhibit to help parents spot the signs of youth substance use

  • Natick Mall

Would you recognize signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home?

The Hidden In Plain Sight initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom. Specially trained “tour guides” from MetroWest community coalitions will walk participants through the display, providing education about adolescent development and common signs of substance use.

This exhibit encourages parents to communicate with their children about at-risk behavior that could lead to opioid addiction and other substance use disorders. Because a strong parent-teen relationship is the most effective tool to prevent youth substance use.

OPEN SELECT HOURS MAY 9TH-26TH (see schedule below). Exhibit location is on the first floor of the mall, near Sears. Exhibit is open to individuals 21+.

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 5:00-9:00 PM
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00-4:00 PM

Kick-off celebration Tuesday, May 10th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Open to the public.

For more information, contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.

Sponsored by South Shore Hospital’s Youth Health Connection, BlumShapiro, The Natick Mall, Natick Together for Youth, the Town of Natick, SOAR (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery) Natick, Ashland’s Decisions at Every Turn Coalition, the Framingham Health Department, the Holliston Drug & Alcohol Awareness Coalition, Hopkinton Organizing for Prevention, Medfield Cares About Prevention, SAFE/JAG Coalition, and Wayland Cares.

2nd Annual NTY Community Forum
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

2nd Annual NTY Community Forum

A community event about youth substance use, featuring three separate sessions for middle and high school students and their parents.

REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED.

Parent session: The Teen Way of Thinking

Understand how your 12-18 year old thinks and help him/her make healthy decisions.

Parents often wonder what their teen is thinking. Adolescent brains are in constant change, not as fully developed as adults’ and yet often faced with decisions that can have major consequences. Many parents want to know how they can help their child make healthy choices, especially in social settings like parties.

Dr. Marisa Silveri, Director of the Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health at McLean Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will share the latest research on what we know about adolescent brain development to help parents as they guide their teens in navigating social situations. Natick Police Chief James Hicks and Natick parent and attorney Shelley Joseph will also provide helpful information every parent should know before they send their son or daughter to a party this spring.

High school session: A screening of "If Only"

Check out the Natick screening of "If Only," a film by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation about prescription drug misuse. Prescription drug misuse is one of the leading causes of opioid addiction in the U.S. A trailer for the film is available online for viewingNatick High School students can earn two community service hours and are eligible for a raffle for VIP parking during the 4th quarter of the school year! Any high school aged student who attends may also win other raffle prizes like gift cards!

Middle school session: An interactive evening with NASSA youth leaders

Middle schoolers are invited to have fun while participating in meaningful conversations with their peers and high school students from NTY's youth leadership group NASSA (Natick Against Student Substance Abuse) about how to remain above the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Activities will include drug and alcohol trivia, a communal art project about living drug and alcohol free, and goggles that simulate the impairment caused by substances like alcohol and marijuana. NASSA students will also share real stories from NHS students about their reasons for not using alcohol and other drugs. Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!

Questions? Please contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.

Sponsored by NTY, SPARK Kindness, SOAR Natick (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery), Natick Public Schools, the Natick Health Department, the Natick Police Department, and the Law Office of Joseph and Joseph. 

Community Vigil for Those Who Lost Their Lives to Addiction
Dec
20
7:00 pm19:00

Community Vigil for Those Who Lost Their Lives to Addiction

  • First Congregational Church of Natick

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy, it can also be a difficult time of year for those who have lost a loved one to addiction. Please join fellow community members in remembering and supporting those in Natick who have been impacted by drug and alcohol addiction.

The evening will include music, testimony, inspirational speaking, and interfaith prayer. A brief reception will follow 8:00-8:30 PM.

 

If you or someone you love has struggled with addiction, please know that you are not alone.

 

Sponsored by the Natick Interfaith Clergy, Natick Together for Youth, SPARK Kindness, SOAR Natick (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery), the Natick Health Department, the Natick Police Department and Natick Public Schools.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story
Nov
16
7:00 pm19:00

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story

  • Natick High School

Please join Natick residents for an inspiring presentation featuring former NBA player Chris Herren as he shares his story of descent into addiction, a miraculous recovery, and his new life mission: to share his story with audiences in the hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference in their life.

Sponsored by The Reddish Foundation. Presented by SOAR Natick (Supporting Our Addicts Recovery), in partnership with SPARK Kindness and Natick Together for Youth.

Registration is preferred but not required.

Oct
28
7:30 am07:30

Annual NTY Community Breakfast

Coffee & Community!

Location: Natick Town Hall--Selectmen's Room (2nd Floor)

Join Natick Together for Youth (NTY) members for a light breakfast and conversation to learn more about NTY’s efforts to support youth and families in Natick. Stop by for whatever time you can! Become a part of a movement of community members who are committed to making Natick safe, healthy and drug free!

Registration is encouraged but not required. 

Questions? Contact Katie Sugarman at csugarman@natickps.org or 508-647-6623.


Oct
23
7:00 pm19:00

Fantastic Friday for Natick 6th Graders!

Fantastic Friday for Natick 6th graders!

With costume contest for prizes!

Cole Center, 179 Boden Lane, Natick

 

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with high school students from Natick Against Student Substance Abuse (NASSA)! Fantastic Friday includes a DJ, Game Tables, Freeze Dance and more. Concessions are available for purchase. $5 at the door, no pre-registration necessary. 

Sponsored by Natick Recreation & Parks Department and the Natick Together for Youth Coalition.

 


Oct
6
6:30 pm18:30

Opiate Addiction: What You Should Know & What You Can Do

  • Natick High School

For parents and guardians, community members, educators, and medical professionals.

Ruth Potee, M.D. is a Board Certified Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine physician who has been working with physicians and community members to address the opiate crisis in Massachusetts. Dr. Potee discusses pathways to addiction, prevention efforts, and steps we can all take to help. 

Sponsored by Natick Public Schools with support from Natick Together for Youth. Part of the SPARK Kindness Resilient Parent, Resilient Child speaker series.

Registration is appreciated but not required.