NO FIRST TIME
An Educational Awareness Program to Prevent Drug Abuse
Rationale: Statistics show that children are trying drugs as young as the age of 13. The consequences can be devastating because the teen brain isn’t fully developed until reaching age 20+. The effect is especially detrimental in opioid addiction. Our team be- lieves in educating youth to make the right decision: Do not pick up, ever! Because… There is NO FIRST TIME!
Stephanie and John Greene know first-hand the incredible pain of losing a child to drugs. They are the parents of Evan Greene. Evan was just 19 years old when he died from a heroin overdose. Their story is an emotional one that reaches children, teenagers, and adults alike. Stephanie and John speak from the heart about watching and desperately trying to intervene as their son took a journey that ultimately led to the end of his life.
In addition to the Greene’s, Norfolk County Police Detective, John Fanning, shares his own personal story about a childhood impacted by addiction. He also provides on the job ex- amples of investigating the deaths of overdose victims (tailored to the age of the audi- ence). As a trained drug recognition expert, he has in-depth knowledge and the creden- tials to speak about the indicators of drug use, the importance of making the right choic- es, as well as the consequences of making the wrong choices.
The No First Time Team Presentation also includes the testimony of a person in recovery who will openly share an empowering story of hope and faith.
- Four out of Five Heroin users got hooked on opiates through Prescription Medication.
- There were 20,978 opiate related overdose incidents reported in Massachusetts in 2016 (vs. 8389 in 2013).
- 5 people in Massachusetts die per day from opiate overdoses (2016 MA DPH)
- In 2017, the rate of heroin related deaths has been decreasing while the presence of fentanyl is trending upward.