Tewksbury CARES
community advocates for resources, education, and services
Substance abuse prevention and awareness coalition
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Tewksbury CARES
... committed to increasing awareness, promoting education and providing  resources to the Tewksbury community in an attempt to lessen the adverse effects of substance abuse

In accordance with this mission Tewksbury CARES strives to promote wellness, and support healthy lifestyle choices in the Greater Tewksbury community.

Our goal is to engage a broad-based coalition including parents, students, school personnel, police, public health, families in recovery, and treatment providers, working together to accomplish this mission.

An Initiative of the Tewksbury Board of Health

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I am the face of addiction

Every 19 minutes we lose one life to an rx overdose.  The face of today's heroin addict is quite different from years ago.  The National age of overdosing is between 18-25 years of age.


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Unwanted Medication Kiosk
--a permanent receptacle located in the lobby of the
Tewksbury Police Department
918 Main Street, Tewksbury
where citizens can safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs as needed.
Call  978-851-7373 for more information.

Please visit the

Tewksbury Public Library's
 Events page for ongoing substance awareness programs or contact them at 978-640-4490 x207

Recommended Readings:

Addict in the Family

by Beverly Conyers

It's Not Okay to be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating your Family Alive
by Andrew T. Wainwright

Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery
by Willian Cope Moyers



The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation created the movie, IF ONLY .  It is a short film that depicts how the decision to experiment with prescription drugs has lasting and profound consequences for two teens. For parents, it's especially important to understand that prescription drugs are equally, if not more dangerous, than street drugs.  90% of addiction begins in the teen years. The movie was filmed in Tewksbury and is a powerful and moving  depiction of the devastation that opiate abuse is causing.

*One in six teens has used a prescription drug (when a doctor had not prescribed it for them) in
order to get high or change their mood, and most have gotten it from family or friends.

*Click here for Key Statistics on medicine abuse

The Mark Walberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health have launched the "Drop Them Off Campaign" to help prevent youth prescription drug abuse.

Click here for the Drop them Off Campaign

A permanent "unwanted medication disposal" kiosk
is located in the lobby of the 
Tewksbury Police Department 
918 Main Street, Tewksbury
Citizens can safely dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs as needed.
Call  978-851-7373 for more information.


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Melanie's Law
be informed-

 OUI - operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

Keep reading for some important facts your
parents should know about underage drinking:

  The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21. It is against the law to serve or provide alcohol to underage guests or to allow them to drink alcohol in your home or on other property you control. If you do, you may be prosecuted criminally. The penalty is a fine up to $2,000, imprisonment for up to a year, or both. (G.L. c.138, sec. 34.)   

-be informed -
Youth Marijuana PSA

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