Have you been touched by the opioid crisis? Are you wondering what on-the-ground strategies are happening in your community, and how you can help?

The OPEN Coalition is hosting a community summit on Tuesday, May 31st from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Highlander Cafe at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave. Residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, and Watertown are invited to discuss how we can work together to create real, lasting change, with the goal of defining 3-5 top action priorities for implementation in the coming year. We want to turn your ideas into action!

Event Agenda:

6:00-6:30         Dinner

6:30-6:40         Welcoming Remarks

6:40-7:00         OPEN accomplishments & community champions

7:00-7:40         World Cafe: Break into one of the following discussion groups.

                                    Promoting safe medication storage and disposal

                                    Educating parents about non-medical use of prescription drugs

                                    Educating youth about NMUPD in the school environment

                                    Partnering with pharmacists and prescribers to educate patients about NMUPD risk factors & harm

                                         reduction strategies

                                    Increase police and first responders’ perception of opioid users as individuals with a stigmatized illness

7:40-8:00         Debrief and Next Steps


Please visit the Eventbrite to RSVP. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a light dinner will be served. View and download the flyer here.

The Highlander Café is located in the Atrium at the far right side of the high school. Please enter through the Atrium. Parking will be available on the high school concourse, the driveway, and between the high school atrium and the library. There is also street parking on Highland Ave, and permit parking restrictions will be waived on side streets (street cleaning will be enforced).


For more information about the event, contact Tali Schiller at naschiller@challiance.org or 617-665-3872.

OPEN (Overdose Prevention and Education Network) is a regional collaboration between the communities of Cambridge, Everett, Somerville and Watertown to address the issue of opioid use and abuse and fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. The Cambridge Public Health Department is the lead agency for this four-city collaborative. Visit the OPEN website at http://odprevention.org.