AS A COMMUNITY WE CAN HELP OUR YOUTH MAKE HEALTHY DECISIONS.

Who We Are

WaylandCares is a community coalition dedicated to reducing youth substance use and abuse in Wayland. Learn more about what we do to improve the health and wellbeing of our youth

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Upcoming Events

Join us in a variety of events to support WaylandCares promoting the health and wellbeing of youth in our community!

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How to Help

We are a volunteer-driven community offering several programs and activities that could use your support. Please consider sharing your time and talents with us — and with our community.

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DID YOU KNOW?

WaylandCares supports Wayland Public school and The MetroWest Health Foundation in implementing and evaluating The MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey every 2 years at both Wayland Middle School and Wayland High School.  We use this data to identify trends in both healthy and risky behaviors, identify areas of concern and to guide our work in encouraging youth and families to make healthy decisions around substance use. Here are some key findings from the 2014 MetroWest Adolscent Health Survey.

29%
of Wayland High School students made the choice to drink alcohol in the last 30 days
90%
of Wayland High School students report having a parent or other trusted adult outside of school who is available to talk to
16%
of Wayland High School students have used marijuana in the last 30 days, and only 25% have used it in their lifetime
35%
of Wayland teens report that their life was very stressful within the last 30 days

SAFE PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK

Please dispose of your unused medication 24 hours a day at the Wayland Police Department. The drop box is located directly inside the lobby and is always available for anonymous, safe, and environmentally friendly disposal.  

Tips to help prevent prescription-drug abuse:

  • Keep medicines in a locked cabinet in the bedroom or linen closet. They should be labeled and in their original containers. If you use medication organizers, keep those secured too.
  • Take an inventory of your medications so you know what you have and dispose of drugs you no longer need.
  • Take your medications to the Police drop-off box on a regular basis.
  • Liquid medication should be absorbed in kitty litter or coffee grounds and disposed in your garbage on the day of trash pickup.
  • Sharps and syringes enclosed properly in a plastic container marked “SHARPS” may be disposed of at the Town Transfer Station.
  • Medications should not be flushed down the toilet, this contaminates the ground and water supply.
  • Never tell children their medicine is like candy, and warn them not to share medicine.
  • Changes in children’s behavior or grades can be a sign of drug misuse. If you discover that your children have loose medication, take it to the pharmacy for identification or look it up on a drug-identification website.

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EMPOWER – Leadership, Communication & Collaboration for youth

EMPOWER Leadership, Communication & Collaboration for youth Join us to give back to your community and be a youth leader! Work with a group of your peers from Wayland and surrounding communities on a mix of games, presentations, activities, brainstorming and...
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Get Involved

WaylandCares is a community coalition and that means we can’t do what we do without you!
There are many ways to get involved with WaylandCares:

• Join the Mailing List

• Attend a WaylandCares Coalition Meeting
We meet on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:45-9:00AM at Wayland High School

• Join a Committee

• Attend a Parent Education Night

For more information on how you can get involved with WaylandCares, please email us at wayland_cares@wayland.k12.ma.us

Donate

Your generous donations are accepted to help educate our community on how to stay healthy.

Volunteer

Please consider sharing your time and talents with us — and with our community. Learn more to find out the different ways to volunteer.

Get In Touch

Have any outstanding questions? We are available anytime to provide you information and connect you to resources.

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