Probation Officer Tim Carey, Dr. Leah Kelly, Margie Daniels, and Judge Blitzman at the 2016 Attendance Summit
Probation Officer Tim Carey, Dr. Leah Kelly, Margie Daniels, and Judge Blitzman at the 2016 Attendance Summit

Said No Drug Dealer Ever

Have you ever met a drug dealer who was required to provide disclosures to his “customers” about the consequences of using drugs?

That’s the concept behind Said No Drug Dealer Ever, a creative PSA by Middlesex Partnerships for Youth to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of opioid misuse – and how one bad decision could lead to a lifetime of negative consequences.

This short video also provides real information about the serious effects of addiction.  Opioid addiction is a public health epidemic in Middlesex County and across the state.  In 2015, there were an estimated 1,526 deaths due to opioid-related overdoses.*  To put that in perspective, there are approximately 350 deaths a year from motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts.

This project was funded through a generous contribution from the City of Lowell and State Sen. Eileen Donoghue.

MPY, in conjunction with the Office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, plans to release this video across Middlesex County and engage students to participate in a social media campaign #saidnodrugdealerever.

CREDITS: Thank you to Director/Producer Joe Sousa, Somerville Community Access Television, actor Grant Joseph, actor Chris Johnson, Somerville High School, Lowell High School, Boston College professor Matt Sienkiewicz, and production crew members Nick Kolinsky, Grant LaCouture, and Rob Carlson.

 

 

*Mass Department of Public Health - http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/quality/drugcontrol/county-level-pmp/overdose-deaths-by-county-including-map-may-2016.pdf

Said No Drug Dealer Ever

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