Ingrid Gillespie

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Student Slogan Contest for Prescription Drug Abuse Campaign Announced

“It may take just minutes for a student to come up with a slogan and submit their entry online, but through the process we are hoping they and their parents become more aware of the prescription drug abuse epidemic,” said Ingrid Gillespie, executive director of Communities 4 Action. Continue Reading →

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Tackling Opioid Epidemic: Legislators Mull Pharmacy Blister Packs, Mandated Secure Boxes

Monday’s legislative breakfast at UConn Stamford held by Communities 4 Action featured members from New Canaan, Darien, Stamford and Greenwich. Mayor Martin who lost his wife to cancer recently, said, IIf you think extra strength Tylenol is going to end cancer pain, then you’re confused. She was taking narcotics. She took less than what she was prescribed. But without it her pain and lack of joy would have been very difficult in her last couple of months.” Continue Reading →

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GHS School Resource Officer Franco Shares What the Kids Are Up To: Vaping THC Extracts

During the Communities 4 Action legislative breakfast., Greenwich Police Officer Carlos Franco and Lt. Kraig Gray talked about the increasing popularity of vaping. One popular vaping device that students fill with oil containing THC, looks like a thumb drive and students plug it them into their computers to charge them. Continue Reading →

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Frank Talk on Overdose Awareness: Gov Malloy Joins Local Officials and a Recovering Addict

At a press conference Gov. Malloy described opioid addiction as a gigantic problem. A 24-year old who began experimenting with prescription drugs as a teen described a path to heroin addiction, homelessness, imprisonment and ultimately recovery.
Dr. Alan Barry of Greenwich Social Services warned that medicine cabinets full of opioid prescriptions are “a candy store for children.” Continue Reading →

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Communities 4 Action Presents Leslie Yager with Media Champion Award

Leslie Yager, founder and editor of Greenwich Free Press, received the Media Champion Award from the board of Communities 4 Action (C4A) on Monday for her outstanding work in journalism and dedication to covering issues of public health and safety in the Greenwich area. Continue Reading →

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Battling E-cigarettes and Empowering Teens, Communities 4 Action Soars

E-cigarettes, which indeed contain nicotine, are glamorized to target teen consumers, according to Communities 4 Action (C4A) Executive Director Ingrid Gillespie and Chairman Stephanie Paulmeno. The two spoke at length about C4A’s capacity and collaboration building, teen empowerment engagements, and educational prevention initiatives. Continue Reading →

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