(Wolcott, CT) The Citizens Against Substance Abuse (CASA) Coalition will enter their second year of funding from the

White House Drug Policy Office for the Drug Free Community Support Program grant fund. The grant will continue to fund the Coalition to reduce substanceabuse and promote wellness in Wolcott. The CASA Coalition focused on increases in the protective factors in the community by developing and maintaining relationships with community sectors such as businesses, media, civic organizations, faith based organizations, healthcare professionals and parents. Within the past year, the Coalition members have held an opioid awareness forum, alcohol town hall meeting, drug take back day, family and movie day, and various educational presentations.

Wolcott CASA will continue to work to reduce youth’s use of alcohol and marijuana through education, enforcement, and other environmental strategies that focus on decreasing access & availability. CASA’s plan is to increase awareness and positive behaviors of community members in Wolcott. The Coalition will also be working to decrease the percentage of Wolcott youth who report getting alcohol from home or at parties and increase family boundaries and communication regarding alcohol and marijuana use.

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(April 2016) The Citizens Against Substance Abuse Coalition (CASA) is working with the local Wolcott Package Stores and Restaurants to remind adults to n ot provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. This is being accomplished through many methods. Store owners are putting messages on their store bags, and restaurants and stores r eceived posters and a license identification book to further prevent sales to minors . In addition, the Coalition is offering free alcohol responsible training to any establishment that sell s, serves or provides alcohol.

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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.

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CASA, is partnering with the Wolcott Police Department for a Drug Take Back.

WOLCOTT, CT. – On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the CASA Coalition, in partnership with the Wolcott Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a Drug Take Back at the Wolcott Police Department, 225 Nichols Rd. This initiative is to promote the safe disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs as well as preventing abuse.  In addition, the removal of medications from homes prevents the theft and misuse of the substance. Community members can bring their unused or expired medication as well as pet medication to the Wolcott Police Department for safe disposal. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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