Unprecedented Collaboration to Address Underage Drinking & Illegal Drug Use in the Casco Bay Region | Community Spirit

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Unprecedented Collaboration to Address Underage Drinking & Illegal Drug Use in the Casco Bay Region

WHAT:  Freeport – For the first time, law enforcement agencies in the Casco Bay region will join efforts to host a multi–jurisdictional response to underage drinking and illegal drug use by hosting an anonymous tip line.  The tip line will be available starting on June 20th for community members in the towns of Falmouth, Freeport, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Cumberland.
 
Mobile phone users now have the ability to provide tips about underage drinking or illegal drug use through the power of anonymous text messaging and online web tips.  The tip line is sponsored in collaboration with Casco Bay CAN and local law enforcement agencies. 
 
Join Lt. John Kilbride, Falmouth Police Department and Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Drug Free Communities Coordinator to find out more about the anonymous tip line and the coordinated efforts of the five law enforcement agencies working together to prevent underage drinking and illegal drug use. We will provide an opportunity for video of the dispatch center as well.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m.                   
                                                                     
WHERE: Falmouth Police Department, 2 Marshall Drive, Falmouth Maine                 

WHO: Lt. John Kilbride, Falmouth Police Department

Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Drug Free Communities Coordinator

 BACKGROUND: Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) Coalition is a group of local individuals, schools, law enforcement agencies, organizations, and businesses who work together to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse in Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Pownal and Yarmouth. The Coalition’s mission is to mobilize citizen involvement and multi-sector collaboration to foster a healthy community environment with norms, policies, and practices that work together to promote positive, drug and alcohol-free development for all Casco Bay youth. In October 2010, Coalition members secured $125,000 annually in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a Drug-Free Communities program to directly impact the communities served for the next five years. The project is sponsored by the Cumberland County Government.

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