Increasing safety and “Quality of Life”


Prescription Drug Give Back

Thanks to all who came out on Saturday for the Open Market to take advantage of our “Safe Medication Disposal” opportunity. We collected over 740 scripts. Please check out this link to find a disposal site near by.
In addition to the availability of drugs in public parks and housing developments, young people access prescription drugs at home. The Coalition conducts a community-wide campaign about proper disposal of prescription drugs leading up to the annual Rx Safe Disposal Day, and will work with pharmacies to include this information when dispensing medications. The Coalition is also working with the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Police Department to install permanent drop boxes for prescription at the new police stations.

Recovery Health Fair in Charlestown


Dear friends,

We are inviting you and asking you to participate in a very important event to promote a healthier Charlestown. In light of recent news about the perils of opiate use, be it the accessibility to prescription pain killers and the danger they pose resting in our medicine cabinets for the “what ifs” the future holds, to heroin overdoses happening to popular movies stars, to young people in our community, we hope you will come to learn more about addiction and how we can come together as a community to combat it.
On April 15 the Boston Public Health Commission is sponsoring a Health Fair here in Charlestown to address the topic of addiction. This fair will be headlined by a Narcan Training given by Berto Sanchez who will discuss how the body is affected by opiates, what is happening during an overdose, and how the administration of Narcan aka Naloxone can save a life.
This fair will also highlight our next prescription drug give back day and where community members can dispose of extra medications they might have in their homes. We will also appreciate prevention work some of our Charlestown youth have been engaged with for the past 9 months and they will tell you what they hope to do to give their peers and younger kids something to do instead of using drugs.
We hope you will join us and show how much of a community Charlestown really is!charlestown substance use disorder recovery flyer

Resources for Successful Treatment and Recovery


Drug Court Since 2003, Charlestown has had some of the highest rates of opiate addiction in the Commonwealth and across the City of Boston. An abundance of data indicates that among Boston neighborhoods, Charlestown has been disproportionately affected by opioid use and overdose. In 2006, Charlestown’s rate of Boston Emergency Medical Service encounters for heroin overdose, along with its drug mortality rates, were more than twice the corresponding rates for the city of Boston overall.

The Chief Probation Officer of the Charlestown Court, in conjunction with it First Justice, Clerk Magistrate, the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), Boston Municipal Court Department Alcohol and Drug Treatment Initiative (ADTI), Massachusetts General Hospital, and North Suffolk Mental Health, hereby establishes a specialized community court to specifically address chronic drug and alcohol abuse. The specialized court shall be known as the Charlestown Court Addiction Recovery Team (ChART). It shall be available to the chronic substance abusing defendants deemed appropriate by ChART and approved by the Court. Participants accepted into the specialized court shall be evaluated, referred to a course of treatment, strictly supervised and then reintegrated into the community. Congratulations to these two Drug Court Participants who have completed their 18 month attendance on Thursday April 17, 2014! Read more about their story…

Narcan Training


Special Narcan Trainings are Scheduled for Charlestown

The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, along with the Boston Public Health Commission, will provide Narcan and overdose prevention training every 90 days in the recovery community, following the noon Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at 586 Rutherford Ave. CSAC is also working with the resident service coordinators at Newtown, Mishuwam housing developments and the Boston Housing Authority to provide frequent trainings to all residents. CSAC is also providing Narcan training to new Charlestown Recovery House clients. And MGH primacy care providers are encouraged to prescribe Narcan to all patients at risk of opioid overdose as well as to family and friends of users. The MGH Pharmacy carries and provides Narcan to MGH patients.


Community Education


Dispelling the stigma

With so much access to information and the over-stimulation of media hype around substance use, addiction and the many negative consequences that can result, there is a tendency to stigmatize and assume the issue is not one which affects all of us. The Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition strives to provide real information about the scope of substance use disorder and prepare the community with skills and knowledge to effectively combat its destruction.

On December 10, 2013 CSAC featured a screening of the documentary The Anonymous People about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.This passionate new public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities and elected officials, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting solutions.

CSAC continues to work in collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission to organize trainings to the community of Charlestown in the administration of the opiate inhibitor Naloxone also known as Narcan. This gives community members the opportunity to learn about the physiological realities of a heroin overdose and arm them with a tool to help save lives.

Our Mission

CSAC is a community-based coalition of residents, businesses, organizations, professionals, and advocates who work together to reduce substance use in Charlestown. Through a unified, collaborative approach, we utilize existing community resources, organize programs to identify needs, and harness the energy and commitment of all to provide a safe, healthy environment in Charlestown.

Contact Us:

Sarah Coughlin (617-726-0059)

Shannon Lundin (617-726-6855)

Gretchen Wagner (617-726-6684)

CSAC Upcoming Events

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