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October - Newsletter 2018


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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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LPD hosts National Rx Take Back Event Saturday!

Join CLOSE Community and the Longmeadow Police Department for a National Rx Drug Take Back! Bring your expired, unused, and unwanted prescription pills down to the station.  (*The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) Free and Anonymous!

When: Saturday, October 27th, 10am-2pm
Where: Longmeadow Police Department, 34 Williams St.


Luncheon for Employers of Teens @ The Kitchen!

Bobby Barkett hosts local Longmeadow employers of teens for a CLOSE Community focus group discussion on local risk and protective factors for teens in town. RSVP by emailing or call (413) 318-4773.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 12-1:30
Where: The Kitchen, 791 Williams St

Can’t make it? We’d still love your feedback, take a brief survey here!

*Complementary and DELICIOUS lunch will be served!


Topic: Managing pain as a student athlete: opioids, non-opioids, and alternative treatments. What’s normal? What’s safe and healthy? Q&A to follow.
Where: Business Technology Center,
 Longmeadow High School
When: Thursday, 
November 1st, 7pm
Presenters: Dr. Al McKee, MD, Pain Management Specialist
 & Dr. Jilla Sabeti, PhD, Neuropharmacologist

All are welcome!


CLOSE Annual Report is In!

To read the full report, visit our CLOSE website here. 


If you prefer holding a hard copy in your hands, check your mail in the next few weeks, and the cost of mailing the survey back is on us!

Online?  You can complete our survey HERE

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What we’ve been up to…

Our 3rd and 4th LHS Social Norms Campaign posters have been going up in the LHS hallways, addressing the gaps in perception around youth drinking and vaping. MOST LHS students do NOT drink and vape. When more students know the reality of these peer behaviors, they are less likely to engage in these unhealthy behaviors to begin with. To learn more about social norms campaigns, visit the Montana Institute’s website.

The Improbable Players visited Longmeadow High School on October 10th and performed “Running on E” for all 11th and 12th grade students. “Running on E” tells the story of why we we start using substances; the pressures and how to resist. We surveyed the students who attended, and half of the students shared that they identify, or someone they know identifies with someone in the play. If alcohol/other drugs were affecting someone at LHS, 93% of students reported feeling “Likely” or “Very Likely”  able to talk to someone about it. Thanks to LHS administrators, faculty, and staff for making this performance and workshops a success!

  • National Rx Drug Take Back – Saturday, October 27th, 10am-2pm, LPD
  • Employers of Teens Luncheon – Tuesday, October 30th, 12-1:30, The Kitchen, 791 Williams St
  • Student Athletes and Pain Management Presentation – Thursday, 
November 1st, 7pm, Business Technology Center,
 Longmeadow High School
  • Take Action! & Opioid Prevention Subcommittee Meeting – Thursday, November 15th, 4pm, LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31
  • Outreach/Communications Subcommittee Meeting – Friday, November 16th, 10am, LPS Central Office, 535 Bliss Road in Room A31
  • Full Coalition Meeting – ALL WELCOME! Monday, December 3rd, 7pm, the LHS Business Training Center
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535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow Public Schools, Pupil Services, Room A29, Longmeadow, MA 01106
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