In February of 2016, the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services awarded the City of Lowell with the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success (PFS) grant. The PFS program works to implement evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices to reduce prescription drug misuse amongst youth ages 12 to 25 years old in Lowell. Specifically, PFS works to educate youth and parents/guardians on the dangers of the nonmedical use of prescriptions drugs, such as painkillers and stimulants, as well as to provide education on safe storage and proper disposal of prescribed medications.
The Lowell PFS Coalition is comprised of professionals working with youth and those in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, prevention, education, and emergency services. PFS is welcoming of students and new community providers to join in on their prevention efforts.
Provide Resources – PFS can provide substance use prevention resources and educational materials free of cost to youth serving agencies, including sports teams, after school programs, and class rooms.
Educate - PFS can educate teachers, coaches and other educational staff on ways to spot the signs and symptoms of prescription drug misuse. PFS can also present to students and student athletic teams on the dangers of prescription drug misuse.
Promote - PFS can host educational tables at school, sports and community events.