A.S.A.P. is involved in the planning and implementation of a number of community-based programs in 2012. Volunteers and donations are welcomed!
SURVIVING THE TEEN YEARS
Another new A.S.A.P. program for 2012-2013 is "Surviving The Teen Years." We have begun training parents in small groups to serve as volunteer facilitators for the program. Nantucket's "Surviving the Teen Years" is based on "Table Talks," a successful program organized by the Middleboro, Massachusetts Youth Advocates. Contact us if you are a parent who is interested in getting involved in this new venture.
YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
Our newly organized Drug Free Communities (DFC) Youth Advisory Council has begun meeting regularly on A.S.A.P. initiatives. We appreciate the time these students are devoting to the success of this effort. To find out more, contact Catherine Kelly through this website.
Prescription drug abuse is a topic of heightened interest by the local, regional and national news media given the increase in crime related to this topic and also high profile celebrity deaths allegedly tied to drug abuse. The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant and A.S.A.P. have recently been featured in print, TV and radio interviews. Stories have appeared in the Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror and have been broadcast on Nantucket's Geno TV/Channel 17 and Cape Cod Broadcasting radio news.
Cyrus Peirce Students from the Teen Center Participate in the Sticker Shock Campaign.
STICKER SHOCK CAMPAIGNS
Student volunteers continue in 2012 to participate in Sticker Shock campaigns aimed at issuing warnings about underage drinking. Participating package stores include Hatch's, Nantucket Wine and Spirits and the Old South Liquor Store. We appreciate these retailers and their participation in this important awareness program.
YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY
The next survey is being conducted at Nantucket High School in February. Posters and advertisements will be created as a followup to the survey, based on the overall results. All communications will be created in both English and Spanish languages.
2012 Drug Take Back at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Health Fair
DRUG TAKE BACKS
A.S.A.P. drug take back programs have continued in 2012, as a followup to successful take-backs at Dan's Pharmacy in November 2011 and the Saltmarsh Senior Center in January 2012. Our thanks to volunteer Robyn Kirk and Nantucket Police Department Detective and A.S.A.P. board member Steven Tornovish for assisting with this program, as well as to pharmacist Alan Bell for his services. Our most recent drug take back program took place on Wednesday, December 19 at Dan's Pharmacy.
RED RIBBON WEEK
In October 2012 we once again joined the Nantucket Public Schools, Lighthouse School and Nantucket New School in participating in Red Ribbon Week as we did in 2011 and in prior years.