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March - 2019 Newsletter


Our Mission
The mission of CLOSE Community is to collaboratively initiate, coordinate, and sustain prevention and intervention efforts that reduce and address youth substance use and the impact of substance use disorders within the Town of Longmeadow.

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Let’s Talk About Marijuana: What you need to know to talk about marijuana with your teen

When: Wednesday, March 20th, 8:45am
Where: Longmeadow Public School’s Central Offices: Room A12
Topics: This isn’t Woodstock weed, edibles, what is a dab pen? How have concentrates and potency changed? And much much more…

Presenters: Shelly Warren, MSW/LICSW, LPS Subs. Abuse Response Coord.
Pam Chapman, School Resource Officer from Longmeadow Police Department

*Refreshments will be provided. For childcare options, call (413) 318-4773 or email

Safe Homes Meeting!

When: Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm
Where: Room 97 at LHS
This will be a working meeting focused on:

  1. expanding and updating our platforming
  2. providing input and support for a spring event for parents focused on vaping.


CLOSE website feature: Substance Use + Mental Health in Teens and Young Adults

Your Guide to Recognizing and Addressing Co-occurring Disorders. Parents can take a Look Here. 

What we’ve been up to…

Thanks to Longmeadow Public Schools Superintendent Marty O’Shea for inviting Students Against Destructive Decisions and CLOSE Youth Leader, Madison Copland ’20 to join him on Mass Appeal’s “State of Education: Longmeadow” episode. Watch here. 

LCTV’s Superintendent’s Corner features CLOSE Youth!

Watch here!  Kelsey Low ’19 and Sarah Mulcahy ’19 share their experience at this year’s CADCA Annual National Forum.

LCTV hosts CLOSE Full Coalition Meeting!

Watch a replay here (starts at 3:08 marker) Vaping Education and Prevention take center stage.

Superintendent’s Corner shines a spotlight on Student-Athletes and Pain Management!

Watch the full episode here.  A very special thanks to Dr. Al McKee, MD, Pain Management Specialist
 & Dr. Jilla Sabeti, PhD, Neuropharmacologist for volunteering their time and expertise!

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