Tag Archives: Portsmouth Prevention Coalition

PHS Principal Robert Littlefield, playing on the PSD Admin team, was one of the more animated competitors on the court. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

In Portsmouth: ‘Ready, set … dodgeball!’ (Gallery)

PORTSMOUTH — Town Council member Michael Buddemeyer forgot to duck. Playing for Purple Reign — a team of council and School Committee members, he was up against the LC All Stars, made up of Portsmouth High School students from Little Compton. Council member or no council member, this was dodge ball, and those kids from Little

The sign outside Town Hall is adorned with purple lights. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth painted purple to support prevention efforts

PORTSMOUTH — Once again, Portsmouth is flashing its purple power this week to show its support of efforts in town to keep kids off drugs and alcohol. Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a nonprofit established by Portsmouth resident Chris Herren, officially got underway Monday but was shoveled under the snow by Hugo for

Portsmouth Prevention Coalition graphic shows substance abuse usage among local public school students by grade.

Portsmouth drug task force pleads for $25,000

PORTSMOUTH — The town’s substance abuse task force has identified the problems facing many local students when it comes to drugs and alcohol. According to two comprehensive district-wide surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014, about half the student population is involved in some sort of substance abuse, whether it’s alcohol, marijuana, prescription pills or other drugs.

Letter: Drug prevention workshop in Portsmouth Wednesday

To the editor: The Portsmouth Prevention Coalition is charged by the State of Rhode Island and chartered by the Portsmouth Town Council to advise and initiate substance abuse prevention activities in the Town of Portsmouth. That role is an important connection between residents struggling with substance abuse related issues, adolescents in like situations and their

Rep. Dennis M. Canario (third from right) presents a $5,000 legislative grant to Ray Davis of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition at a ceremony attended by other members of the Coalition.

Portsmouth Prevention Coalition gets $5,000 grant

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Prevention Coalition was recently awarded a $5,000 grant that will be used to increase its coordinator’s hours to 20 per week. Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) presented the legislative grant to assist with the continuing work of the coalition study. The funds will be used to

This graphic from the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition’s latest substance abuse needs assessment survey shows the percentage of students who indicated they consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.

Portsmouth panelists tackle underage drinking

PORTSMOUTH — Underage alcohol use is on the rise in Portsmouth and social media is making it easier than ever for kids to find a drinking party, Portsmouth police representatives told a gathering at Town Hall Wednesday. The Portsmouth Prevention Coalition hosted the community discussion on underage drinking that was led by six panelists. Alcohol


Survey: Alcohol still drug of choice for Portsmouth youth

PORTSMOUTH — The latest results from a town-wide survey on substance abuse has reinforced something the coordinator of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition says he already knew: “We’ve got a very serious problem in Portsmouth,” said Ray Davis of the Coalition, a non-profit group focused on substance abuse prevention issues in the town. “I mean the Town

Prevention groups praise Portsmouth, Tiverton bus drivers

 PORTSMOUTH — In a cramped upstairs meeting room at First Student Bus Co. Tuesday morning, many of the 30 or so drivers and aides sitting before Ray Davis nodded along when he described how quickly kids let their guard down when they board their yellow coaches. “I don’t know why, but I think for some reason

Internationally recognized human performance expert John Underwood will speak at Portsmouth High School on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

John Underwood to speak in Portsmouth Feb. 26

PORTSMOUTH — John Underwood, an internationally recognized human performance expert, will be in town at the end of the month to introduce Portsmouth’s athletic directors, coaches, parents and students to his innovative “Life of an Athlete” (LOA) program, now used by more than 700 colleges and universities and thousands of schools in 39 states. LOA, which