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OUR MISSION: "TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF NEW BEDFORD BY REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF ILLEGAL DRUG USE."

OUR VISION: "A COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER TO ENCOURAGE NEW BEDFORD YOUTH AND ADULTS TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE."

 

WHO WE ARE

The South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition was formed in 2002 to help address the alarming and constant growth of substance abuse and addiction in the South Boston Community. At the Coalition’s inception, concerned residents and service providers met with the goal of identifying promising methods of engaging the community to identify and intervene in those accepted norms which contribute to the problem of substance abuse and to advocate for treatment services.
What started as a committee of interested non profits has expanded into a coalition that is representative of the entire community. Over the last several years, the coalition has been joined by Boston Police District C6 and the Probation Department, housed in the South Boston District Court.  With the development of the overdose prevention initiative, parents, religious members and other invested community members have become regular participants. The hiring of a full time coordinator in April 2009 has expanded the Coalition’s outreach and helped bring in new members such as the Andrew Square Civic Association. Our efforts to expand have also included utilizing online social networking to reach a larger community audience.  And the Coalition recently partnered with the Youth Ambassadors from the South Boston Community Health Center to enhance both outreach to the neighborhood’s three public housing developments and increase youth participation in our work. The South Boston Hope & Recovery Coalition is supported by partners around South Boston and the city.

 

DrugFreeNB understands how prevention, treatment & education in the field of addiction is constantly changing.

Our focus is to unite New Bedford in the ongoing struggle against substance abuse.

Education is the first line of defense in the war against substance abuse. By reaching our to our youth, we hope to reduce access to these drugs and create healthy alternatives for all of New Bedford to engage in.

DrugFreeNB seeks to:

  • Better understand and address the problem of Non-Medical Use od Prescription Drugs in the New Bedford community.
  • Build a coalition of people who want to tackle the issue of prescription drug misuse.
  • Develop community-wide strategies that will help lower prescription drug misuse among young people.
  • Prevent substance use by strengthening family involvement in the lives of our youth.
  • Provide training for community frontline workers.
  • Work with community drug prevention & treatment resources to offer the best choice of services available.
  • Reach out to culturally diverse populations.

This is the official website of the Pathways Coalition. The coalition is dedicated to the prevention of opiate/opioid related and other drug overdoses. The project was launched in 2004 as part of the New Bedford Student Assistance program and has most recently been funded under the MassCall2 funding. If you are interested in being involved, send a request for more information on our "Contact Us" tab.