Drug Free Communities

  • Consequences of Youth Substance Use Panel Discussion- Hingham CARES- April 2022

    4Participating in a frank discussion today with Hingham school officials, police, and MIAA on the consequences of youth substance use.

    Thanks to Hingham CARES, Kristen Arute, for bringing together this panel to brainstorm how best to help teens steer clear of destructive decisions





  • “The First Day” Screening- Scituate, December 7, 2019

    UPDATE:  Per Scituate Facts:  This event on 12/7/19 has been postponed to a later date…

    A one year license to this film has been purchased by District Attorney Tim Cruz, with SAMHSA funds from the Drug Free Communities Grant that was awarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

    Scituate High School, in conjunction with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and Scituate Facts will be hosting a viewing of the Chris Herron movie “The First Day” for Scituate High School’s Winter Sports teams.

    “The First Day” is a film produced by Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate who shares his story of recovery.

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    “The First Day” chronicles Chris Herren’s journey revealing his vulnerability and strength.

    Through the power of storytelling, Chris Herren’s profound connection with high school students has enabled them to share their own stories of struggle and strength.

    “The First Day” addresses the issues of substance use, harmful behaviours and mental wellness.  These are the issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are facing, either directly or indirectly, each day.


    7:15 am: Meeting of players, coaches and parents/caregivers

    8:00 am: Remarks-District Attorney Tim Cruz

    8:15 am: Movie viewing

    9:00 am- 9:30 am: Panel Discussion




  • Celebrating the Arts

    Drug Free Communities

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    Student artists in the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) resilience movement participated in an Art Contest for a Drug Free Brockton.

    A celebration of what  a Drug Free Brockton looks like to our youth was displayed at Gallery 33.





  • PhotoVoice Documentary

    Drug Free Communities

    Photo Voice PosterPhotoVoice is a qualitative research method that puts cameras in the hands of its participants.

    Each week, participants were given a question that they were expected to answer through their photography.

    Upon their return each week, students were asked to reflect upon their photography and their thoughts related to the questions, in a focus group setting. Quotes were then derived from those reflection groups to go along with the photography. This not only gave young people an opportunity for non-traditional drug education, but also a chance to share their voice in issues where they are not often heard.

    Due to the overwhelming positive response received from these projects, a documentary was filmed that captures the PhotoVoice process and the youth’s perspective on their experience.

    This documentary was produced by Brockton’s own award winning Noube Productions and the Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative.

    Filming took place from July 11 to July 15 within Brockton, Whitman-Hanson and Rockland where six individuals from previous PhotoVoice projects shared their experience. This documentary can now be utilized as a prevention tool for youth in the region.