Gov. Baker joins Safe Homes Coalition to fight against drug abuse

BOSTON (WHDH) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is joined the Safe Homes Coalition on Wednesday to talk about the fight against prescription drug abuse.

The group announced a series of partnerships in Greater Boston to help reduce the number of overdose deaths that happen in Massachusetts because of prescription drugs.

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Safe Homes Coalition launches to combat medication misuse, opioid addiction

BOSTON-Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks Wednesday in the Massachusetts Statehouse during the Safe Home Coalition launch in Boston to address prescription drug misuse.

Aiming to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription medications in the Greater Boston area, anti-drug organization Safe Homes Coalition launched a program Wednesday to help combat the opioid addiction epidemic in Massachusetts.

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Safe Homes Coalition Launches Program in Greater Boston

 Safe Homes Coalition Launches Program in Greater Boston

 The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®, Learn to Cope, and Millennium Health partner to reduce preventable prescription medication deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2015

CONTACT: Kate Norton,, 617-838-6083

BOSTON – At a press conference held at the Massachusetts State House today, the Safe Homes Coalition announced a new program in Greater Boston aimed at reducing overdose deaths associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription medications. The Safe Homes Coalition leads a unique partnership comprised of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board), Learn to Cope, and Millennium Health. The Coalition also includes organizations representing: the medical, dental and health care communities; law enforcement and public safety; recovery advocates; youth athletics; and other community partnerships. Elected officials, including Governor Charlie Baker, attended the event.

“We need to prevent prescription medications from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, especially those most vulnerable – our children. The Safe Homes Coalition educates and empowers people to understand how to safely secure and dispose of unused or unwanted medications,” said Gregory A. Stein, Safe Homes Coalition Executive Director. “The Safe Homes Coalition brings together organizations throughout the Commonwealth to help eradicate this epidemic.”


“Across the Commonwealth, we’ve seen instances of opioid and prescription drug abuse rise to epidemic levels, requiring assistance from a broad range of ideas and stakeholders rather than one-size-fits-all solutions,” said Governor Baker. “The attention and work the medical community, law enforcement, public health officials and officeholders are bringing to the table is an essential step toward addressing this issue, and we must consider creative and practical solutions like that proposed by the Safe Homes Coalition to impact change.”

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SHC | Greater Boston/Massachusetts Keep Kids Safe Program Set To Launch! – Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2015

CONTACT: Kate Norton




Safe Homes Coalition to launch program in Greater Boston


Partnerships with The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®, Learn 2 Cope and Millennium Health; plus broad stakeholder coalition


BOSTON — Next Wednesday, the Safe Homes Coalition will announce a series of partnerships in Greater Boston, marking the launch of the second location of the San Diego-based nonprofit. These partners have assembled a broad-based coalition of stakeholders towards the singular mission of reducing overdose death associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription medications in Greater Boston and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Safe Homes Coalition has joined with: The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®, a division of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board as the Community Partner; Learn 2 Cope as the Education Partner; and Millennium Health as the Founding Partner.

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Safe Homes Coalition targets prescription drug thefts at open houses

SAN DIEGO – Authorities say the abuse of prescription medications has become an epidemic in San Diego County, and on Tuesday morning, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced the formation of the Safe Homes Coalition.


Drug thieves find new targets at open houses

— Before you turn your home over to your Realtor for an open house, check your medicine cabinet.


Prescription Drug Thieves Target Open Houses

Home sellers are sure to lock up their jewelry and other valuables before an open house.

But what about prescription drugs?


San Diego Coalition Hopes To Prevent Prescription Drug Theft At Open Houses

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in San Diego and across the country. It is estimated 40 people die every day due to the misuse or abuse of prescription medication.

Now, a San Diego coalition is focusing on safe prescription drug use, storage and disposal. Their first effort is aimed at combating prescription drug theft at open houses.


Addicts Stealing Prescription Drugs at Open Houses

Addicts have taken to targeting real estate open houses, pilfering through people’s medicine cabinets and night stands looking for prescription drugs, especially painkillers.


Prescription Drug Addicts Target Open Houses

Prescription drug abusers reportedly are posing as home buyers and using open houses to raid medicine cabinets and night stands in search of drugs.