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About Somerville Prevention Services

Somerville Prevention Services is committed to leading efforts around the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug misuse in the City of Somerville.

Under Somerville Prevention Services falls Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) and the Six-City Tobacco Initiative. SCAP is a community-based coalition that works to reduce underage substance misuse and the associated harms by increasing public knowledge and mobilizing the community. The Six-City Tobacco Initiative monitors regulations pertaining to smoking and tobacco/nicotine, based in Somerville, but also covering the cities/towns of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, & Winthrop.

Somerville Prevention Services also works with local stakeholders, including the Somerville Public Schools & the Somerville Police Department, to develop and administer the Student Health Survey (YRBS) for Middle School students (grades 6-8) and High School Students (grades 9-12) on alternating years.

Contact Information
Matthew Mitchell
Prevention Services Manager

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Phone Number

50 Evergreen Ave.
Somerville, MA 02145
United States

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Somerville Positive Force (SPF)


Make a Difference! Become a Youth Leader for Somerville Positive Forces (SPF)

We are looking for energetic high school youth and middle-school youth leaders,  to serve as leaders as part of a team that addresses community issues related to underage drinking, drug use, and bullying.

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Student Health Surveys


Emergency Resources

SAMHSA Hotline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 

Samaritans’ Hotline
Call or text (877) 870-4673

Overdose Prevention & Narcan Administration Trainings

E-mail to schedule a free overdose prevention & Narcan administration training to learn how to understand, recognize, and respond to a potential opioid-related overdose. Participants may receive free Narcan, fentanyl test strips, and CPR face shields for rescue breathing, while supplies last. Open to all Somerville residents & businesses.

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Learn About Addiction (Educational Resources)


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Tobacco Regulations in Somerville

The City of Somerville is part of the Six City Tobacco Initiative.

Tobacco and Vaping Quit Supports
  • Adult Quit Supports:
  • Are you a parent of a young person who vapes? Caregivers can text QUIT to 847-278-9715 to sign up to receive text messages designed specifically for parents of vapers.
  • For Teens: Text DITCHVAPE to 88709 or call 1-800-Quit-Now
Caregiver Supports
The Power of Parents Program Information and Materials from MADD
Resources for Families and Friends

Programs & Initiatives

Substance Misuse Prevention
The Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator works in collaboration with the Somerville Public School system to provide substance misuse assessment, consultation, and education on an ongoing basis for youth in the middle and high schools.
Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP)
SCAP works to reduce substance abuse and the harms associated it, by increasing public knowledge and mobilizing the community.
Six City Tobacco Initiative
The Somerville Board of Health Six City Tobacco Initiative works to change community norms regarding the use of tobacco.

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