Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force

  • Battle of the Badges “Fall Brawl”

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  • Pictures from the 2019 Summer Program

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  • Beyond NAS- 2019 Conference

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  • Community Behavioral Health Fair

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  • If They Had Known

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  • The Opioid Epidemic & Advocacy Communities

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  • 2018 Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force Medical Subcommittee Conference

    Scope of Pain

    October 18, 2018

    Doubletree Hilton

    229 Hingham Street
    Rockland, MA 02370

    7:30 am- 3:00 pm

    Tuition $25.00
    Earn credits for: CME, CNE, ABIM, MOC Part II, Risk Management and Opioid Education
  • National District Attorney’s Office Regional Opioid Training

    Presenting on Drug Endangered Children at the NDAA Regional Opioid training. Thanks to NDAA, Addiction Policy Forum, and NDAA Association President Jonathan Blodgett for hosting and highlighting Essex’s Diversion program and showcasing how prosecutors around the country are addressing addiction issues.

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  • Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force Annual Conference 2018

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  • Parent’s Series on Adolescent Substance Use

    Prevention and Community Response Forum

    District Attorney Cruz

    St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church of Marion, and the Healthy Tri Town Coalition co-hosted a community awareness and education program on Adolescent Substance Use.

    District Attorney Cruz appeared on their panel to discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences as well as community-based strategies.  The Parent’s Series was geared toward parents of middle school and high school students.



  • The Role of Childhood Trauma in the Opioid Crisis

    eyeball with ACES descriptorsThe Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force will be hosting a conference on Innovation in Substance Misuse:  The Role of the Childhood Trauma in the Opioid Crisis.


    Drugs are effective coping mechanisms for youth seeking relief from trauma caused by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

    Research stemming from Dr. Vincent Felitti and the original ACEs Study shows that as ACEs increase, so does the risk youth have in misusing substances, such as intravenous drugs.  Dr. Felitti explains that after youth experience trauma, coping devices, like alcohol, tobacco and opioids are effective means for short-term emotional healing, but lead to long-term risks like addiction.

    Focus Areas of the Conference:

    *  Understanding ACEs
    *  ACEs and Juvenile Justice System
    *  Police & School Communication
    *  Education Based Programs.

    Featured Speakers:

    Jayne Singer, Ph.D.The Brazelton Institute-Boston Children’s Hospital
    Judge John S. Spinale- Bristol County Juvenile Court
    Patricia Conrod, Ph.D.-University of Montreal

    Conference Information:

    DATE:            November 8, 2017
    VENUE:         Hotel 1620
    ADDRESS:   180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360

    REGISTRATION INFO:  If you would like to attend, please email Maria DoCanto at:




  • Project Outreach Meeting

    Project Outreach logoData collection and drug courts were the topic of conversation at the Plymouth County Outreach Meeting today in East Bridgewater.






  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

    CADCA logo District Attorney Timothy Cruz presented at CADCA’s 27th National Leadership Forum.  The Forum was held February 6-9 in National Harbor, MD.

    District Attorney Cruz spoke about the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Study and preventative measures to Help Traumatized Children Learn and Succeed.

    The CADCA Leadership Forum is the nation’s premier and largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers. The Forum brought together nearly 3,000 local, state and national experts in the drug prevention and treatment fields.


  • Project Outreach Drop In Center

    Project Outreach logoProject Outreach is a collaboration of Public Safety Agencies and Healthcare Providers created to respond to the ever growing number of opiate overdoses.  Twice a month, Project Outreach hosts a drop in center.

    These centers host health care providers who assist with treatment options and train and distribute Narcan for free.  Narcan, also know as Naloxone is the medication used by medical professionals to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

    The Drop In Centers are open to everyone.  They provide information about treatment options as well as information about supportive resources.  The setting provides a unique opportunity to have the undivided attention of a healthcare worker who specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders.  They will explain the science of addiction, discuss treatment options, and offer other valuable resources to family members.

  • JAG Award-Brockton Drug Court

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    On Friday, January 6, 2017, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey announced the $1.2 Million Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant Award to enhance services to Drug Court Participants.

    The three-year, grant will help the Trial Court respond to the opioid substance use problem in the state by expanding and coordinating services at Community Corrections Centers in Brockton, Quincy, Taunton and Plymouth for probationers who receive supervision at the Brockton, Hingham and Taunton Drug Court sessions.

    District Attorney Cruz, Chief Justice Carey, Commissioner Dolan,
    Representative Cassidy, Representative Cronin
  • Task Force Meeting

    Preliminary Task Force LogoMembers of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force met to discuss recent accomplishments.

    The Task Force discussed the expansion of the Outreach Drop In Centers, the new challenges that are facing law enforcement with the legalization of Marijuana, the results of Chapter 55, and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (A.C.E.S) Study: Helping Traumatized Children Learn and Succeed.

    With the statistics gathered by the A.C.E.S. Study, The District Attorney is working with schools in our county to train individuals on how to respond to a child who has experienced a trauma-related incident outside of school.

    The two Outreach Drop In Centers, which provide resources for Substance Use Disorders are up and running.  The EB Hope Outreach Drop In Center is open every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Community Covenant Church, 400 Pleasant Street, East Bridgewater, MA and the Project Outreach Drop In Center is open every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 5 pm to 9 pm at The New Hope Chapel, 89 Court Street, Plymouth, MA

    The Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force is a cooperative effort between District Attorney Tim Cruz and Sheriff Joe McDonald.  Task force members are experts in their fields of Public Safety, Education, Medicine, Legislation, Community Coalitions, Faith Based Coalitions and Data.

  • Opioid Overdose Investigation Meeting

    opioid trainingDistrict Attorney Tim Cruz and Sheriff Joe McDonald brought together members of the local police departments and State Police Detectives to analyze and share intelligence on Opioid Overdoses in Plymouth County.




  • National Drug Take Back Day

    District Attorney Cruz and Chief MikschGot Drugs?

    October 22, 2016 is National Drug Take Back Day in Massachusetts.

    Safely dispose of any unwanted prescription or over the counter medications free of charge.

    Med Return drop boxes are located in the lobby of every police department in Plymouth County.  Including the lobbies of the Campus Police Departments at:
    Bridgewater State University, Stonehill College and Massasoit Community College.

    The drop boxes are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  Disposal is completely anonymous.

  • Annual Underaged Drinking & Substance Use Prevention Conference

    attendees at the conferenceThe 6th annual Underaged Drinking & Substance Use Prevention Conference took place on September 28, 2016 at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

    The theme of this year’s conference was “The Power of Coalitions:  Acknowledging Differences & Raising Awareness to Reduce Stigma”.