Sgt. James Latham staffs the Lowell Health Department's quarterly Unwanted Medication and Sharps Disposal Day, December 2018The City of Lowell Health Department created the Substance Abuse and Prevention Division in 2017 with the intent of having staff dedicated to addressing substance misuse prevention. The Division has expanded greatly since its development, and currently has staff focusing on all parts of the prevention continuum.

The Substance Abuse and Prevention Division takes a collaborative approach to meet their goals by working with a wide network of health, medical, safety, and educational organizations throughout Lowell and the Greater Lowell. Below are highlights of the work that they are doing, often working alongside community partners:

  • Provide credible and accurate information regarding initiatives and efforts to address Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in the City.
  • Connect individuals with SUD and families with treatment options and support and recovery resources.
  • Provide outreach education to schools, youth and family serving agencies, and community organizations.
  • Work to ensure there are adequate treatment options available to meet the needs of the community.
  • Promote a deeper understanding of SUD as a disease.
  • Work to effect changes to social norms around SUD.
  • Provide proper disposal of unwanted medications and sharps (needles, lancets, EpiPens).
  • Collaborate with community agencies to promote and implement prevention and harm reduction efforts.
  • Strengthen knowledge of local substance abuse, mental health, medical, supportive, and recovery resources.The Substance Abuse and Prevention Division houses several of Lowell’s prevention programs:

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