I am a retired school adjustment counselor from the Medway Public School System. Having worked for over 35 years as a counselor and a licensed social worker on a variety of issues including depression, suicide, and drug use and abuse, I have witnessed first- hand the devastation that drugs can bring to an individual and family. As well as working with these issues through individual and group therapy, I established many programs such as Peer Counseling, TADA (Diversity group) and SOS (depression/suicide). Through my work and positions on the Board of Directors of Ben Speaks, the Samaritans, and In the Best Interests of the Children, as well as the Adolescent Advisory Committee for Milford Hospital, I have actively volunteered and stayed current on these issues. As a mother and grandmother living in Millis, I continue to see an ongoing, if not increasing, need for more support, education, and services in the community. I joined the SAFE Coalition in order to do whatever I can to help with this need.