National Recovery Month - 9/10/2017

Why is the Gazebo Lit Up Purple in the Tewksbury Town Common?

September is National Recovery Month and October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month across the country. Substance abuse continues to grow, spreading misery and driving up the crime rate. Since January of 2017, Tewksbury Police Department has responded to more than sixty overdoses with nine related fatalities compared to ninety-five with fifteen related fatalities for the entirety of 2016. As we dig deeper into the science of addiction, we have learned that mental health has a large impact on substance abuse. As a community, Tewksbury strives to find solutions for people and families affected by these devastating diseases.  

The purple lights adorning the gazebo in the Town Common are meant to bring to light (no pun intended) the community’s support and unity for people in recovery as well as people struggling with substance use disorder and the Tewksbury Police Department is hoping this will raise awareness.  Start a conversation with someone you love today and help bring awareness to recovery and substance abuse. More information about Tewksbury’s Substance Use Prevention and Education Week (October 15-21, 2017) is forthcoming and questions may be referred to Maria Ruggiero, Program Director for the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative ( 978-851-7373 Ext. 352).                          

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to