Ellington Youth Services Prevention Newsletter Special Opioid Edition Winter 2019


Parent Connection

Prevention Edition Winter 2019

Ellington Youth Services

31 Arbor Way

Ellington, Connecticut





Diane Lasher-Penti


Prevention Coordinator

Deborah Stauffer


Assistant Director/Rise Above Advisor

Tressa Giordano


Program Coordinator

Kayla Condron


Inside this issue:

•Change the Script info

•Resource Fair

•Handle With Care

•Overdose Information

•Free NARCAN Training

•Understanding Addiction

•Today I Matter Organization

•Change the Script Prevention, Treatment and Recovery

•When opioids are prescribed

Opioid Addiction Prevention

information on various topics and resources regarding opioid addiction.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our Community Connections Resource Fair where you can visit over 18 exhibitors who have important information on the most pressing issues affecting our youth. The evening also features two break-out sessions where you can hear how to better connect with your youth on these pressing issues; and get up-to-date information on the dangers of e-cigarettes.

The DPYC, Ellington's local prevention council, has received a small federal grant through DMHAS (CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services) and the funds are being used to sponsor this resource fair and a free NARCAN training. NARCAN is an opiate antidote and can reverse an overdose. Please see more details in this newsletter on both events.

Welcome to the Opioid Addiction Prevention edition of the Parent Connection newsletter. Inside you will find

Change the Script is a statewide campaign that connects everyone whose lives are affected by the crisis; health care professionals, treatment professionals, and everyday people. People can access the resources they need to face opioid misuse and write a new story about how we deal with this issue. Visit www.ct.gov/dmhas for resources.