MOAPC stands for the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative. DanversCARES, in partnership with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and Be Healthy Beverly have partnered together to form a regional partnership to address opiate prevention, including overdose prevention and safe use of prescription opiates.

This program is funded by the MA Department of Public Health. The Gloucester Health Department is the lead grantee.

What are we doing?  Lots. Here are some examples of our work:

  • Dr. Ruth Potee will speak February 9, 2017 at Masconomet, 7 pm on opiate addiction and the adolescent brain.
  • 1oth grade students have received a substance use screening through DPS health services in October 2017.
  • DHS DanversCARES youth leaders participate in a Regional Youth Retreat and a training with the theater group, the Improbably Players, with the goal of learning how performing arts is a vehicle for recovery and education. (Sept/Oct. 2016)
  • Light the Night Purple Community Awareness Walk in Danvers attracted over 150 people, May 2016.
  • Police now carry Nasal Narcan ( Jan 2016)
  • DanversCARES has written two grants to fund the School Based SBIRT Program, $5,000 from MA DPH to fund training and planning time and $5,000 from Lahey to implement in next fall. (March 2016).
  • Presented to wellness and school committee with Support Services Department and School Nursing. DPS School nurses will stock Narcan across school health offices as an emergency medicine. Updated school policy. (February 2016).
  • Co-sponsored a Scope of Pain training for medical providers and prescribers on proper ways to prescribe opiate pain medication (March 2016)
  • Partnered with CVS Community Outreach Program. Pharmacist provided guest lecture on prescription drug safety to freshman health class at DHS.
  • Distribute the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services public service campaign  #Statewithoutaddiction on the Route 114 billboard to combat stigma of substance use.
  • Participated in a joint community forum promoting the Good Samaritan Law
  • Co-hosted a film screen of the Anonymous People to promote community dialogue on the stigma of addiction with Endicott College and partners.
  • Convene regular regional planning meetings and quarterly Danvers Opioid Prevention Subcommittee meetings
  • Held an opioid overdose prevention community training in June 2014 educating participants on use of Nasal Narcan.
  • Distributed 2,000 Learn to Cope brochures and overdose prevention cards with community agency partners focusing on access to resources for families.
  • Promoted Lahey’s Outpatient Opiate Clinic’s Family Education night educating families on current medication trends in opiate addiction, including suboxone and vivitrol.
  • Hosted a week-long summer youth training with students from Danvers, Gloucester and Beverly in June 2014.  The students launched a campaign “Defy the Opi-Odds” with stickers, bookmarks, resource cards, and a public billboard on Route 114 in Danvers. The message focused on safe use of prescription drugs. Promoted this campaign in a feature article in our Teen Health & Safety Magazine distributed in the Danvers Herald and reaching over 4,000 Danvers residents. Shared this campaign with our regional partners. For a complete campaign description and tracking, download the following PDF.  DefytheOpiOdds_Plan_Tracking
  • Hosted the MA Nurses Association to train DPS nursing staff on street drug trends and opioid overdose prevention.
  • Sponsored two School Nurse Leaders to attend a training on SBIRT, and early adolescent screening and intervention protocol.
  • Distributed overdose prevention kits to first responders to use on the scene of an overdose to share with bystanders.
  • Distributed over 200 general resource kits to the community at large.
  • Police have in place a 24/7 medication drop off box in the lobby of the police station for safe disposal of unused prescription medication.
  • Promoted three regional drug disposal days and regional drug disposal access sites in neighboring communities  since the inception of our funding.