It’s Happening Here.

We are currently losing 5-6 people each day to opiate-related overdoses in Massachusetts. Young people are particularly vulnerable to the risks of substance use. Ninety percent of all adults struggling with addiction started using when they were under the age of 18, and 50 percent were under the age of 15. Studies have shown that effective substance use education and prevention programming can significantly decrease the risk of addiction among young people.

Here for You.

Project Here is an innovative partnership between the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the GE Foundation, The Herren Project, and Epicenter Experience that will bring new substance use prevention resources to every public middle school in Massachusetts, starting in the Fall of 2017. This first-of-its-kind initiative will provide prevention education to students through a combination of in-classroom and mobile delivery and is meant to complement other programs already under way.

Here, There, Anywhere.

Through a $2 million commitment from the GE Foundation and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, every public middle school in Massachusetts will receive an educational toolkit, a support network for students through The Herren Project, and access to a mobile app with prevention content, geared toward young people. Project Here will also provide resources to parents and community groups looking to raise awareness about substance use.

Questions?

If you have questions about Project Here, please contact Catherine Madden in the Attorney General’s Office at (617) 963-2140 or projecthere@state.ma.us.

Want to Participate?

Interested public schools and school districts in Massachusetts are encouraged to complete this form to learn more about Project Here and to be alerted when programming launches this fall.