Partnership for Success

The Lowell Health Department was awarded the Partnerships For Success (PFS) grant from the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) in 2016 to help combat the opioid epidemic within the city. PFS focuses on the prevention of the non-medical use of prescription medication among high school-aged youth, as well as the safe storage and proper disposal of medications for parents and guardians, through educational programming, awareness campaigns, and collaboration with community partners throughout the city. The PFS Coordinator and Coalition work closely with other city entities and community partners to provide prescription medication misuse prevention education. Prevention education is engaged through multiple efforts to ensure sustainability and effectiveness in order to stop the misuse of substances before it starts amongst Lowell youth.

What can PFS do?

  • Provide classroom education/community education on the risks of misusing prescription medications and proper storage/disposal education of prescription medication
  • Help support school/community projects regarding the proper use of prescription medication through funding and community partnerships
  • Connect community organizations to substance misuse prevention and treatment resources in the Lowell area

What has the PFS Coalition been working on?

  • Conducting an educational workshop series with CTI YouthBuild covering the topics of substance misuse, HIV/Hepatitis C transmission prevention, mental health, and overdose prevention.
  • Conducting informal educational sessions through UMASS Lowell about prescription medications to better inform students about the risks associated with improper use
  • Working with City departments to implement opioid use prevention education across Lowell schools.
  • Supporting and promoting the Lowell Health Department’s Quarterly Unwanted Medication and Sharps Disposal Days to promote proper disposal of unwanted medications in the home to prevent potential misuse by youth.
  • Educating the Lowell community upon request about a variety of topics surrounding substance use, including prescription medication misuse, overdose prevention, and where to get help for yourself or a loved one.
  1. Lainnie Emond, LMHC

    Substance Abuse Coordinator

  2. Substance Abuse and Prevention Division

    Physical Address
    107 Merrimack St, 4th Flr
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Phone: 978-674-4304
    Fax: 978-674-7100

  3. Hours

    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM