Living With(OUT) Pain Forum

What caregivers need to know about opioids and other medications

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 6:30 pm

Newtown High School Lecture Hall 12 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482

Light snacks served

RSVP 203-270-4612 by 5/8/2018

Stephanie R. Paulmeno, MS, RN, NHA, CPH, CDP, CCM; from Communities 4 Action will discuss the opioid epidemic and its impact on the senior population. This content rich presentation will include:

  1. Pain management and alternatives

  2. Warning signs of dependence

  3. The “BEERS List” of mediation that could be causing harm

  4. Risk of current medication

  5. Storing and disposing of mediation

  6. Proper mediation storage, disposal, and harm in sharing

  7. Managing mediation and home care

CEU’s available.

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Mailing Address
PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470

Office and Meeting Address
2 Washington Square
Fairfield Hills
Newtown, CT 06470

Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Parent Connection is to educate and empower the community in the prevention of substance abuse and to embrace families in crisis.

Support Groups

Hope & Support

A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. This group provides a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances. Facilitated by an experienced drug & alcohol counselor.

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A compassionate venue for those

who have lost a child or other loved one due to catastrophic circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed therapist.
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First Wednesday of month
7:00 to 8:30 pm


Founder & Executive Director

Dorrie Carolan and her husband raised their four children in Newtown, CT. Starting the Parent Connection was never part of her plan.

The issue of substance abuse became personal when her eldest son, Brian, became addicted and subsequently died at age 28 of a prescription drug overdose. Through the struggles caused by Brian's addiction, Dorrie became aware that this was an issue that affected many others in the community. She founded the Parent Connection in 1993 in an attempt to network with other concerned Newtown parents. It was the impetus behind many policy changes in town and within the schools.

Our Board of Directors is a committed body of volunteers who support our mission to keep the youth of Newtown safe and substance free.

Dorrie Carolan  - Executive Director

Joseph Hemingway - President 

Gene Vetrano- Vice President

Frank Crudo- Treasurer

Kevin Carolan -Secretary

Maggie Conway

David Cooper

Anne Dalton

Kathleen Moonan

Ken Rodbell

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