About The Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition
One of thirteen Connecticut Regional Action Councils (RACs) created by the State Legislation in 1989, the Mid Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition (MFSAC) is a regional resource to support local initiatives and a proud member of the Connecticut Prevention Network (CPN). MFSAC is focused on the prevention and awareness of substance abuse and works to bring resources to those who need it most through a comprehensive approach including education, awareness, and community action. Our mission is to bring recognition and resources to address substance abuse and its effects on Norwalk, Weston, Wilton, and Westport communities through collaborations, education and awareness, and community attentiveness.
Some of our recent initiatives include:
- Curriculum implementation of Taking Charge: A Path to Healthy Choices at Brien McMahon High School and Norwalk Pathways Academy at Briggs High School, in collaboration with the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers (SBHC) and Liberation Programs.
- Family Day events, in collaboration with the Norwalk Housing Authority and the Tenant Associations at Meadow Gardens, Roodner Court and Washington Village housing developments. These fun-filled, drug-free afternoons with human service agencies provide information to families regarding available services and resources.
- Creation of H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education Awareness Raised by Teens), a peer leadership group at Brien McMahon High School, in collaboration with SBHC. H.E.A.R.T is designed to help teens develop strong leadership skills while influencing younger children to live a drug-free lifestyle.
- Red Ribbon Week: The Red Ribbon Campaign services as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug-free activities.
- Crisis Intervention Services for Adults: Southwest CT Mental Health System
Regional Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team
Franklin S. DuBois Center
780 Summer Street
Stamford, CT 06905
- Crisis Intervention Services for children & Youth (0-18) Dial 2-1-1 for Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services http://www.empsct.org/files/2014/09/UW_FoldedCard_1C.pdf
- Power of Parents Brochure
- CT Prevention Network
- A Parents’ Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Abuse
- http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm – CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- http://overdose.trendct.org/story/main/ – “The Opioid Epidemic” by TrendCT.org
- http://ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1620&q=501922 – Drug Collection Drop boxeshttp://aids-ct.org/pdf/pharmacy_list.pdf – Wallgreens Carrying Naloxone Map
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzaWYKJ60CY – Powerful commercial on prescription abuse (PSA)Mind your meds PSAhttp://bit.ly/1K9P5Nl
- FBI Opioid Addiction Film “Chasing the Dragon”http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/cwp/view.asp?a=2902&q=577738 – Substance Abuse Walk-In Assessment Centers or call 1-800-563-4086, 24 hours a day
The streets aren’t the only place kids find drugs. Sometimes they find them right at home. Read this guide for strategies on what parents can do to keep their children safe.