Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition

Realities of the Social Host Liability Law | Sept. 18


The Be a Parent, Not a Pal program is designed to educate parents and teens about the social, criminal, and civil penalties and liabilities related to Underage Drinking and the Social Host Law. The program will also cover athletes caught drinking, using drugs, smoking, or chewing tobacco and the penalties. Voter registration will be covered for age appropiate teens. The program will take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center at the Murphy School (1 Worrell Street, Dorchester). For more info, visit or call 617-533-2234.

Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition Forum | June 19

The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition is presenting a forum for parents and teens with several guest speakers including local men and women in recovery and Ms. Joanne Peterson from The forum’s goal will be to educate, help build skills and offer supportive resources to both youth and parents (parents and teens will be in separate meeting areas).

The program will be on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center at 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. The event is held in partnership with City Councilor Frank Baker's Office.


For more information about Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition, please visit:

DSAC Presents "Learning to Cope" | June 19

Tuesday, June 19th from 6-8pm at the Leahy~Holloran Community Center, 
Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) 
will host “Learning to Cope”, a forum for parents and teens with several guest speakers, including local men and women in recovery and Ms. Joanne Peterson from 
The Forum’s goal will be to educate, help build skills and offer supportive resources to both youth and parents (parents and teens will be in separate meeting areas). >> Read More

Marijuana Prevention Workshop | April 5

On Thursday, April 5, the Dorchester Substance Coalition in collaboration with the Dorchester Patch Office will be offering a Marijuana Prevention Workshop.  This event is geared towards educating and preventing the youth from the use of marijuana and will take place at the Marshall School Family Resource Center located at 35 Westville Street, from 3:30PM to 5:00PM.  If you would like to learn more, please contact Darline Cadet by calling 617.740.8744x245 or emailing Attached below please find the registration form for this workshop.

Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness meeting, March 20

Did you know that 1 in 5 teens have abused prescription drugs? 70% of teens get prescription drugs from families and friends. On March 20th, the Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition meeting will focus on what youth, parents, and guardians need to know, presented by Helen Connolly, RN, BSN. The meeting will be from 6 to 7:30 PM, at Leahy-Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrell Street in Dorchester, MA 02122. RSVP by Friday, March 16, 2012. Contact Adelia Rocha, at 617.533.2234 for more information.

Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition Meeting Dec. 6

The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition will be hosting a Community Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center. The Leahy-Holloran Community Center is located at 1 Worrell Street in Dorchester, 02122. The meeting will feature special guests - Mr. Adam Butler, Executive Director of the Needle Exchange Program from the Boston Public Health Commission, Bureau of Addiction's Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services. Adam Butler will be presenting NARCAN, a powerful tool in overdose prevention. The meeting will also feature The improbably PLAYERS, a fun theater group that will be enacting a ten-minute play to inspire young people to think and talk about the impact of substance abuse on their lives, friends, family, and community. The group also touches on real possibilities for change.


DSAC Meetings are open to all in the community. For more information, please contact Adelia Rocha at 617.533.3274.

Prevent Underage Drinking with T-Shirts!

Want to do your part to prevent underage drinking? The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition's Enforcement Taskforce has been working hard to educate the Dorchester community about the laws regarding providing alcohol to minors. They have developed a t-shirt with a message on it, highlighting the monetary penalty of providing alcohol to someone under the age of 21. Now the taskforce is working with local bars, liquor stores, and other organizations to have their employees wear these shirts on Friday October 28th, the weekend of Halloween. An image of the shirts is attached to this post!


Want a shirt for yourself, your business or organization? Want to know more? Contact Meg Rose for more information by email or phone at (617) 282-3200 ext.3048.

Quarterly DSAC Meeting Sep. 20

Dorchester Substance Abuse CoalitionThe Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition is having its quarterly coalition meeting on September 20 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Leahy - Holloran Community Center, at 1 Worrell Street in Dorchester. The meeting will focus on ways to prevent prescription drug abuse among Dorchester youth, and will feature guest speakers Helen Connolly, RN, BSN and Deidre Houtmeyers, RN, MS. Light refreshments will be served and the meeting is open to all community members.

You can visit the facebook page for the event here.

Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition Quarterly Meeting, Jun. 21

DSACThe DSAC is having a quarterly meeting on June 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at Leahy Holloran Community Center, 1 Worrel St, Dorchester. Centered on the theme "Weeding out the Facts," the meeting will feature a talk from Marilyn G. Belmonte, Director of Drug Abuse Recognition & Prevention and Co-Chair of the Burlington Drug and Alcohol Task Force. Please rsvp to Adelia: 617-282-3200 ext. 3172 or 617-533-2234.

For more information about the Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition, visit

Safe Prescription Disposal Day, Jun. 25

Safe Prescription Disposal DayCarney Hospital is partnering with the Boston Police Department, Boston Public Health Commission, Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition and Walgreen's for this safe prescription disposal event at Walgreen's parking lot on Gallivan Blvd. on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (There is also an event in Jamaica Plain.)

These events allow community residents to have a safe and environmentally responsible way to discard their unused and expired medications. Proper disposal of medications is key to the safety of children, pets and the environment. 

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