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Prevention and Community-Based Services

Prevention Overview

The Prevention Department within Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission is dedicated to proactively addressing and mitigating substance use and misuse within the community. Through a multifaceted and evidence-based approach, we engage in educational initiatives to raise awareness about the risks and consequences of the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This includes community outreach efforts, such as organizing events and workshops, as well as implementing targeted programs for youth and the community.

The department collaborates with various stakeholders, including schools and healthcare providers, advocating for policies that aim to reduce substance abuse. We are consistently developing strategies to identify and assist individuals at risk. Data analysis guides our efforts, helping to tailor prevention strategies to the specific needs of the community. Overall, the prevention department serves as a vital force in promoting education, awareness, and collaboration to prevent and address substance abuse at the community level.

  • Members of the Prevention department are educated and equipped to do speaking engagements regarding community concerns, needs assessments, current alcohol, tobacco, and other drug trends, safe medication disposal, and much more.
  • If you have any need for a speaker for an event, please reach out to Brooke Hume (Prevention Director) at

  • Our Prevention Department can provide educational presentations, resources, and information on a variety of topics. Some of them include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Vaping (tobacco/nicotine, marijuana, and more)
    • Safe Medication Disposal
    • Community Overdose Prevention Training
    • ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

  • Community Action Group: Community Coalition group that meets the second Tuesday of every month at Dorchester Alcohol and Drug Commission to collaborate on mitigating and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which greatly influence the understanding of childhood adversity as a social determinant of health. This group works together to identify and address the root causes of substance misuse to restore and sustain community resilience.
  • Summerville’s Third Thursday – we provide agency information and harm reduction materials.
  • Community Outreach Events
    • If you would like us to be at your event with agency information, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs information, or harm reduction supplies please email
  • Health Fairs
  • School Parent Nights
  • School Faculty Meetings