The Town of Saugus is in the only WROC community located in Essex County. It’s locates , about ten miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. Saugus is 11 square miles. In 2014, it had a population of 26,761, and since 2000 there has been a population growth of 2.8%.
Saugus, known for its grand scale establishments located on a 3.5 mile commercial strip along historic U.S. Route One where it is estimated over 110,000 vehicles travel each day, and is home to three of the country's ten largest restaurants.
Nevertheless, a tightly knit neighborhoods gives Saugus a small town feel, which that Saugonians take are proud to call home.
Saugus United Against Substance Abuse
The Saugus United Against Substance (SUASA) Coalition is a non-profit community organization comprised of a multi-sector group of individuals who aim to prevent Substance Use Disorder, and help support those who suffer from the disease. Membership includes youth, parents, law enforcement, first responders, faith-based community, elected officials, recovery advocates, and the business community.
SUASA envisions a community Saugus where youth, families, and community leaders are making healthy, educated and responsible choices about drug and alcohol use, and in which the community supports by creating those choices are supported by the community through sustainable policies and programs. SUASA’s mission is to prevent Substance Use Disorder, and ensure access to services for those impacted by the disease.
SUASA’s aims to change the perception of Substance Use Disorder through a proactive approach of educating and supporting local youth, families and the community at large. SUASA’s Programs Include:
- Community AIncrease awareness through the regarding the risks of SUDS with SUASA Community Web Portal
- Provide support for those struggling by providing SUASA Peer Recovery Coach Services
- Reduce the stigma of addiction with the Annual SUASA Overdose Candlelight Vigil
- Collaborate Educate Youth about the Risk and Harm of SUD during with Saugus Youth and Rec. Department during Red Ribbon Week