November is Substance Abuse Awareness Month in Bedford

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November has been recognized as Substance Abuse Awareness Month in Bedford since 1998. The month serves to enhance community awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems that may exist among children, adolescents and adults.

As the effects of substance abuse are felt by the whole community and need to be addressed by the whole community, the Town hopes to mobilize citizens, community agencies, schools, religious organizations, businesses and health facilities to work together for education and prevention.

There are several initiatives beginning soon:

Understanding the Good Samaritan Law as it pertains to opioid overdose ~ Click this link to learn about responding to opioid overdoses, and how the Good Samaritan law protects you.

The Great American Smokeout ~ Click this link to read about the Great American Smokeout on November 21

A community conversation about preventing suicide, Talk Saves Lives, will take place at 7 pm on Monday, November 18, ~ Click this link to learn more about Talk Saves Lives.  Although not directly related to substance abuse, it’s an important conversation and may in some cases be related.