Citizens Against Substance Abuse Coalition to Participate in Connecticut’s Observance of National Prevention Week 2017

Wolcott, CT 5-18-17 – Citizens Against Substance Abuse Coalition (CASA) will host/conduct prevention initiatives as part of Connecticut’s observance of National Prevention Week, May 14-20, 2017, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Connecticut’s effort is led by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in partnership with local organizations and communities.

CASA is looking forward to taking part in a comprehensive, statewide effort to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental health disorders, said Kathryn Glendon, Project Director of CASA. Our activities are designed to reach youth and adults to continue to build a healthy Wolcott through many different strategies.

Every year, National Prevention Week highlights that we can p revent substance abuse and suicide, and help improve mental health, said DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. The timing of National Prevention Week coincides with a time o f year when young people across the state will be taking part in festivities, like pro ms and graduations. Year-round community-based prevention efforts promote the safe celebration of milestones by reducing access to addictive substances and promoting wellness.

As part of National Prevention Week , CASA will be raising awareness about the dangers of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and prescription drugs as well as pr omoting mental health wellness. CASA is asking youth and adults to participate in the I CHOOSE CAMPAIGN, which involv es individuals to write down how they choose to make every day count. CASA has also publicized the social host law, held a workshop on opi oid and marijuana prevention, promoted mental health resources, and created information on e-cigarette ’ s to the community.

About Connecticut ’ s Participation in National Prevention Week DMHAS will present a National Prevention Week conference on May 1 5, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Cromwell. Anthony Biglan, Ph.D., senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute, is the conference guest speaker and will highlight the psychological, behavioral and health problems that can be prevented through the promotion of nurturing families, schools and communities. To learn more, visit the DMHAS website at www.ct.gov/dmhas/npw. Follow or be part of the conversation at #ctpreventionweek.

About National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-sponsored annual health observance dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health. The observance brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states and communities together through local events to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental disorders. Hundreds of communities across the country will come together and rally around prevention.

The National Prevention Week 2017 theme is Making Each Day Count, highlighting the important role that individuals and communities alike have in helping people lead healthy, productive lives and in raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and promotion of positive mental health. Learn more about National Prevention Week here.

CASA is a prevention coalition, and is made up of dedicated volunteers from all sectors ofthe community. CASA implements many different strategies for community change, such as health promotion, policy change, education, awareness, etc. Currently, CASA is a grantee of the Drug Free Communities Support Program Grant administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy-(ONDCP). For more information on CASA and the work that we do please contact