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If you are concerned about a loved one struggling with opioid use, please come out and learn how to administer life-saving Narcan. Narcan will be available onsite for purchase or process through insurance. Register by calling 860-664-1142.
Come join us in raising money for 2 Clinton families!
High school and adult teams of 10 players can register using forms found here. Waiver forms (required to be signed by all players) can be found here.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$100/team to enter
Call 860-664-1142 for more info.
Six Morgan teens travelled with five Daniel Hand (Madison) students to Bryant University in Providence, RI.
From July 28-31, 2017, six Morgan students took part in Youth 2 Youth International’s Eastern States Conference at Bryant University in Providence, RI. Along with 560 fellow students from the tri-state area and as far away as Minnesota and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Morgan students learned essential information about preventing marijuana and opioid use, underage drinking, and making a positive impact in their communities and schools.
The keynote speakers at the conference challenged the attendees to expand their self awareness and advocacy. One speaker watched her twin sister perish as a passenger in a reckless driving accident as a teenager. Her message reminded youth to put their own comfort and safety first, and offered creative ways to escape uncomfortable situations. Another presenter acted out numerous versions of himself and challenged the audience to try to guess which character most represented the “real” him. Most were surprised to learn which one it actually was! His message brought forth the importance of realizing ALL people are real, are never just a stereotype, and have valid and moving stories that make them who they are.
The Clinton teens returned to town feeling armed with new information and motivated to educate their peers. Following the conference, several of the conference attendees met to plan out a new calendar for Morgan REACT. This school year, look for mental illness and health information, education about vaping and related dangers to your health, more marijuana “truths”, as well as an honoring of Suicide Awareness Month in September. Haunted Hallways will still be offered in October, and the club members will host topic and issue discussions throughout the school year. Morgan REACT members will continue to be involved with the younger Eliot and Pierson REACTs as well as PiC!
Clinton is fortunate to have pharmacist Tracey Leary as both a resident and employee of ShopRite pharmacy. Tracey is the Pharmacy Supervisor for Shoprite Pharmacy in Clinton, Norwich and New London. When the State of CT made an online certification course on prescribing Narcan available, Tracey jumped at the opportunity. Certifying herself as well as all of the Shoprite pharmacists, Tracey has made Shoprite the first pharmacy in Clinton to offer a life-saving medication to individuals coping with opioid or heroin addiction- Narcan.
Narcan instantly reverses the suffocating effects of heroin and opioids, and permits the individual to breathe on their own until medical assistance arrives. With over 440 deaths in Connecticut last year, heroin and opioid overdoses are at epidemic proportions, and Narcan can be key in providing these persons with another chance at life.
Partners in Community is thrilled to have Tracey as a partner in our efforts to empower Clinton residents and promote the health of young and old. For more information on obtaining Narcan, please call Shoprite at (860) 669-0107.
Here’s more on Tracey:
Your Name and Title: Tracey Leary RPh – Pharmacy Supervisor for Shoprite Pharmacy – Clinton, New London and Norwich
How are you a Partner in Community:
Shoprite Pharmacy is your community drug store – we are locally owned and operated by the Capano Family. My pharmacists are all Narcan certified. This means that we can dispense Narcan to those individuals who have a need or want to have Narcan on hand. Patients do not need a prescription, they can simply come into one of our 3 stores and ask for Narcan. My pharmacists will dispense a life-saving narcan kit and also personally train each individual on how to use the kit.
Why is it important to be involved?
Growing up in Clinton and also raising a family in this town, makes me feel very proud to be part of an organization that is helping today’s youth. I want people to know that at Shoprite we care about our community and we will do what it takes to make this town great.
What do you hope to accomplish?
What I hope to accomplish is that people in this town realize that there is an opioid problem. We need to work together to combat this problem, but also I want people to know that they can come into Shoprite and receive a Narcan kit that someday may save someone’s life.
If Ben & Jerry’s named an ice cream after you, what would it be called?
Community Care Crunch!!!!