The Annual Meeting of The Milford Prevention Council was held in September at the Milford United Way. Along with encouraging reports concerning the Council’s mission, officers for the 2012-2013 year were elected.
Officers are: Chairman, Hugh Cochrane; Co-Chairman, Lisa Diamond Graham; Secretary, Joan Cagginello; Treasurer, Ray Vitali.
The Milford Prevention Council is a coalition of community professionals and individuals working together to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth. In partnership with the Milford Police Department, Fire Department, Mayor’s office, Health Department, business leaders, non-profit agencies and concerned individuals the Council seeks to:
Reduce underage drinking and substance abuse in the community.
Reduce risk factors for substance abuse.
Promote protective factors that minimize substance abuse.
Strengthen and diversify community collaboration.
Over the years the group has identified a need for a more sustainable, wide-reaching approach to deal with substance abuse issues. Training and education are high on the list of necessary steps to address the problem.
Through conversations and community outreach, the council has exposed the issue of substance abuse as one that doesn’t just affect the user, but affects the family, school, church, and employer, members said.