PRESS RELEASE: Methuen Police Department to Participate in Community Conversation as Part of Alcohol Awareness Month


Methuen Police Department to Participate in Community Conversation as Part of Alcohol Awareness Month

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni and Chief Joseph Solomon are pleased to announce that the Methuen Police Department and the Community Addiction Resource Engagement Services (C.A.R.E.S) Initiative will host the “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery,” a community conversation and expert panel event to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Month in April.
WHEN:        Saturday April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:     Methuen Senior Center, 77 Lowell St.

WHAT:        This is the first year Methuen Police and the C.A.R.E.S. Initiative have put on this event in conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month.
As part of the event, residents will be able to interact with an expert panel for a discussion, focusing on what programs and initiatives would be beneficial to Methuen to address community needs surrounding alcohol addiction. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions about recovery and personal experiences.

Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery.

“This April, the police department and C.A.R.E.S. are focusing on providing Methuen community members with the tools necessary to help recover from alcohol addiction,” Chief Solomon said. “We encourage all Methuen residents who may be affected by this disease to attend the event.”

Refreshments will be provided and interactive activities will be available for children.

WHO:

• Representatives from the Methuen Police Department

• Methuen High School S.A.A.D students

• Lynn Hansen, Essex County Correctional Facility

• J.T. Torres, Veteran Services

• Deanna Cruz, Lawrence /Methuen Community Coalition

• Pastor Goodrich, First Baptist Church Plaistow, N.H.

• Rose DiNuccio, Fitness Trainer

• Doug Griffin, Parent Ambassador

• Carina Pappalardo, CEO of the Psychological Center

For more information on the event, contact Community Engagement Specialists Jennifer Burns at 978­701­7782 or Jacquelyn Ingersoll at 978­701­8195.

About the C.A.R.E.S. Initiative:

The Community Addiction Resource Engagement Services (C.A.R.E.S) Initiative integrates public health and public safety practices to address the addiction epidemic in the community. Members are dedicated to reducing recidivism rates of substance use and crime by raising awareness, providing recovery resources and outreach to the larger community.