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To promote community health and wellness as it pertains to the reduction and prevention of substance abuse among Cambridge youth, adults, and families.


The work of CPC is rooted in values of inclusion and equity and draws on the strength of individuals and power of an engaged community.

The Cambridge Prevention Coalition uses a community-based approach for effecting policy, environmental, and social change around substance abuse, focusing on youth and families. Its main focus is reducing opioid abuse and accidental overdoses in Cambridge and surrounding communities. The Coalition also leads this Reality Check campaign for youth alcohol and marijuana prevention. Members of the coalition include the Cambridge Public Health Department, the city’s Department of Human Service Programs, the Cambridge Public Schools, the Cambridge Police Department, the Cambridge License Commission, drug and alcohol treatment providers, local universities, and emergency medical services.

The Cambridge Prevention Coalition became a program of the Cambridge Public Health Department in 2013, relocating from the City’s Department of Human Service Programs. The Cambridge Prevention Coalition was established in the early 1990s.

The Cambridge Public Health Department is also the lead agency for a regional collaborative called then Overdose Prevention and Education Network (OPEN). This collaborative aims at reducing accidental opioid overdoses and the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications in four cities: Cambridge, Everett, Somerville, and Watertown.

For more information on the Coalition, please visit our homepage.