Substance Abuse and Prevention
Substance use disorder is an ongoing public health concern in Lowell, as it is throughout the state and country. The Substance Abuse and Prevention Division works with a wide network of health, safety, and educational organizations throughout the city and the region to address the issues around substance misuse and abuse.
- Provide credible and accurate information regarding initiatives and efforts to address Substance Use Disorder in the city.
- Provide outreach education to schools, youth and family-serving agencies, and community organizations.
- Connect individuals with Substance Use Disorder and families with treatment options and support and recovery resources.
- Work to ensure adequate treatment options are available to meet the needs of the community.
- Work to effect changes to social norms around Substance Use Disorder and harm reduction practices.
- Promote a deeper understanding of Substance Use Disorder as a disease and public health crisis.
- Provide options for proper disposal of unwanted medications and sharps (needles, lancets, EpiPens).
- Provide educational opportunities on safe disposal and storage of medication and sharps to improve knowledge and decrease stigma.
- Collaborate with community agencies to promote and implement prevention and harm reduction efforts.
- Strengthen knowledge of local substance use, mental health, medical, supportive, and recovery resources.