The Greater Lowell community believes that prevention is just one piece of the puzzle needed to decrease the number of individuals who acquire Substance Use Disorder (SUD). There are a number of efforts taking place across our communities to empower youth and young adults to make healthy decisions about using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription drugs (not prescribed to them), and other drugs throughout their lifetimes.

The Prevention Professionals of Northern Middlesex, your Greater Lowell substance use prevention coalition, works closely with the Center for Strategic Prevention Support (SPCS) to prevent and reduce the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. To learn more about their work specific to understanding risk factors and prevention stratifies specific to opioid overdose, click HERE. To check out their resource library of substance use prevention efforts, click HERE.

The information below is a great starting point to learn more about ways to prevent Substance Use Disorder and the efforts taking place in our community.

Making Healthy Decisions

What programs and resources exist to teach our youth to make healthy decisions?

Support for Youth

How do I talk to youth in my life about substance use? What resources are available?