Stonington Prevention Council (SPC)
The mission of the SPC is to permanently change attitudes, laws, and policies to stop substance abuse and establish a safer community. Established in 2001 and comprised of community members representing youth, parents, police, youth-serving organizations, educators, religious organizations, and health care professionals, the SPC works to educate the residents of Stonington in taking a community-approach to support youth in making healthier decision regarding alcohol & other drug use. Past grant-funded council activities have included breathalyzers purchased for Stonington High School; alcohol establishment compliance checks and traffic spot checks with the Stonington Police Department; video presentations and media coverage; school district heath surveys and community forums.
Statistically, the town of Stonington has a high rate of cardiovascular disease. To combat this, the SPC has become a member of ACHIEVE New London County, as well as the Tobacco-Free Parks workgroup. ACHIEVE New London County is a heart disease and stroke prevention initiative established through the CT Department of Public Health – CDC Community Transformation Grant to promote active living, tobacco-free living, healthy eating, and clinical preventive services throughout New London County. The ACHIEVE New London County Coalition includes community leaders from public health and health care, businesses, community organizations, government, schools and residents. ACHIEVE is an initiative of Ledge Light and Uncas Health Districts.
The tobacco-free parks initiative was proposed to Stonington’s Recreation Commission and as of March 31st, 2014 the Commission all agreed to make Spellman, Haley’s Way and the Stonington Borough playgrounds tobacco- free. Thank you to Ledge Light Health District for sponsoring the tobacco-free signs that will be posted at these locations!