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The Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community, housed within the Winchester Health Department, is a comprehensive community-based organization that works collaboratively with residents, town departments and agencies to reduce substance abuse, particularly in the youth community, and to foster healthy life choices through education.

The Coalition is one of 33 local nonprofits awarded a total of $10 million from Cummings Foundation through its new Sustaining Grants program, which provides funding for up to 10 years. This new grant extends the support originally awarded by the Cummings Foundation to the Coalition in 2014 as part of its $100K for 100 grant program.  We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been the beneficiary not only from substantial financial resources but also from the publicity and enhanced standing that comes with the Cummings Foundation’s support.  The Coalition deeply appreciates the Cummings Foundation’s commitment to community.  See https://www.cummingsfoundation.org/oneworldboston/sustaining_grants.htm for more about the grant.

If you want to know more about the Cummings Foundation, you can learn more about it by reading Bill Cummings’ new memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big”: https://www.cummings.com/book/.  All proceeds from book sales go directly back into the Foundation to be given out as grants to deserving organizations!

The Coalition also gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the John and Mary Murphy Foundation, the Rotary Club of Winchester, the En Ka Society and Winchester Savings Bank as well as the continued support of Spry Moving & Storage and Peak Event Services for our annual Spring and Fall Safe Disposal Days.

Are There Any Alternatives When A Physician Offers My Child Opioids for Pain? (from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids)

Whether your child has struggled with opioid dependence or other substance use issues previously, or whether you’re just concerned about the current opioid crisis, there’s good reason to want your child’s pain to be managed – if possible – by something other than prescription opioid pills. Eventually, your child might have an orthopedic injury or need a tooth pulled at the dentist, so what happens then?

While opioid medications may be effective for treating pain in the short-term, they have an extremely high propensity for addiction and do nothing to address the underlying cause of the pain.

The good news is that there are many alternatives to opioids that can help alleviate your child’s pain. Below, we’ve helped to spell them out for you and have provided guidance on how to ask your doctor about these alternatives.

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Dear Friends,

Over 10 years ago we changed our name from the Winchester Substance Abuse Coalition to the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community.  Although we spend a lot of time working to educate the community regarding issues of substance misuse and other risky behaviors, we also address issues of mental health, identity and self-esteem since we believe that they are all interrelated.  We wanted our name to represent our broader mission.

As an organization committed to the safety and well-being of our residents, we condemn anything that threatens this safety and well-being.  We condemn racism and violence in all forms.  We were sickened by the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis officers, which is just one example of so many horrific assaults against the black community.  We stand in solidarity with those who are protesting peacefully.  

Our town has evolved and grown, and we welcome residents from many countries and cultures.  We celebrate our diversity in our schools and town organizations.  We believe that recognizing white privilege is a critical step in building a community that is just and equitable for all members, and we will work to educate ourselves regarding issues of systemic racial injustice.  We will continue to stand for policies that treat addiction as a public health issue and to call for treatment — not jail sentences — for  those who are struggling.  We will look for concrete steps that we can take to make change.

As part of this, we will continue to work with our partners: Winchester Public Schools, Winchester Police Department, Winchester Fire Department, the Jenks Center, Winchester Public Library, Parent to Parent, the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence, and the Network for Social Justice.  We are pleased that our town leaders are also committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, with zero tolerance for racism, hatred or bigotry.

For those who want to take steps right now, see the links below from the Obama Foundation: https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/.