The Middlesex County Coalition for Healthy Communities is seeking feedback with its on-going community survey about substance misuse.
Mara Carlin, Coalition Coordinator, said the survey has been conducted for the past eleven years.
“We survey anybody in Middlesex County who is 18 or older,” she said. “Then we compile the data and give feedback back to the Coalition members on what we found and that helps us shape what kind of issues we want to try to address in the community through our awareness and education programs.”
Some of the programming will focus on things like social norms campaigns. Carlin gave the example of how previous surveys may have responses where the perception is that much of the youth drink or smoke. “Even though people perceive that’s what happening, that’s not the case,” Carlin said.
“The Coalition is also able to take the community survey data and compare it to student responses in the Coalition’s bi-annual Pride Survey which solicits responses from sixth through twelfth graders in participating Middlesex school districts. That survey will also be given again this year,” she said.
“The purpose of this survey is to learn the beliefs and attitudes our community has about underage drinking and substance misuse. We encourage all community members to complete the survey,” concluded Carlin.
The results of this survey are not being tracked to individuals and responses are anonymous and secure.
The survey can be accessed here.