- Community awareness -forums, awareness seminars, professional educational events and information dissemination, all to help improve an understanding of substance abuse and emotional disorders.
- Community assessments – collect and publically share information about effectiveness of opioid-related programs, real-time data on overdoses, survey of youth, parents, teachers, police, etc.
- Creation of positive social norms
- Sticker Shock Campaigns
- Pre-Prom Assemblies, Substance-fee After-Prom Party
- Lock Your Meds Campaign
- Family Education
- Youth Health and Wellness
- Social Host Liability Training
- Parent Education Training “Guiding Good Choices”, Parenting is Prevention
- Offer Responsible Beverage Service Training to Liquor License Holders
The Youth Task Force 508-696-5304 is the lead agency on MV for substance abuse prevention focusing on targeting youth ages 12-26. They conduct surveys and promote the positive social norms through campains and programs stated above.
- D.A.R.E. Program - Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program run by the Dukes County Sherrif's Office officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. 508-627-3784
- Medical care integration - early intervention and assessment screenings during the medical appointment, which allows for early detection of substance abuse and guidance for managing anxiety, depression, and stress related issues; collaboration with medical partners improves access to specialty care and can aid in the prevention of potential substance dependence:
- Primary Care Offices
- OB/GYN Offices
- Community Health Centers
- Pediatrician's Offices
- Pain medication management/monitoring, prescription practices - Center for Pain Management (MV Hospital) -High Risk Care Management 508-957-0188 (referrals from Primary Care doctors of patients using opioids; they utilize Mass General pain specialist through telemedicine or send patient to pain psychologist in Boston) On-line resource: PainEDU
- Medication Dropboxes for safe disposal of prescription medications - available at Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury Police Stations
- Safe Sharps Drop-off - for safe disposal of used needles and syrenges- available at MV Hospital - Safe Sharps Drop-Off Program
- Law enforcement
Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force is collaborative effort of the island police departments to locate and investigate illicit drug distribution, it has a K-9 unit as well.
Narcan is available for all island police departments and EMS (except for Chilmark PD which will be ready by the summer, the Tri-town EMS has it now)
Compliance checks and routine surveillance aid in prevention
508-645-2313 Aquinnah Police Department
508-645-3310 Chilmark Police Department
508-627-4343 Edgartown Police Department
508-693-0750 Oak Bluffs Police Department
508-696-4240 Tisbury Police Department
508-693-0020 West Tisbury Police Department
- [Link]Alex's Place - YMCA MV Teen Center 508-696-7171