Home > Quarterly Newsletter > March 2016 > Prevention Works !

Here at the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse (HVCASA), we remain committed to working with our communities to address the ongoing challenges presented by substance use. Working together, we did a lot of great work in 2015 to help decrease the percentages of young people who engaged in underage drinking, marijuana, and prescription drug use. We were also active in many of our schools gathering data to determine the primary issues affecting our youth that need to be addressed.

In 2016 we hope to continue our efforts to collaborate with our communities to make further progress. Substance abuse remains a complicated, multi-faceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach.

The motto HVCASA lives by is
“Prevention Works. Treatment is Effective. Recovery is Possible”.

Science has proven that prevention works. We know that the sooner a person is educated about the potential harms of a particular behavior, the less likely they are to engage in it.

We remain committed at HVCASA to letting the public know that there is hope to seriously address and solve many of the problems that substance abuse causes in our region. Prevention takes time! It is a slow and steady “work in progress”. The twelve local prevention councils Bethel Community Cares, Brookfield CARES, Easton Redding Community Coalition, Litchfield, Newtown , New Fairfield, New Milford Substance Abuse Council, Northwest Corner Prevention Network, Ridgefield, Shepaug Valley Prevention Council, Stand Together/Make a Difference Danbury, and WOMOGO Task Force on Prevention are sharing resources and using funds at maximum efficiency to impact change at the local level in all our communities.

We welcome new voices and volunteers. Contact us for more information. 203-743-7741 or hvcasa@yahoo.com

Prevention Success

In the 1940’s it was thought that smoking cigarettes actually enhanced health. It singtook some time, but eventually the general public got the message, once and for all, that tobacco use is harmful and can lead to death. Once society collectively viewed tobacco as being harmful, rates of use dropped substantially.

Did you know?

With School-based Prevention Programs we would see a reduction of 1.5 million youth annually initiating substance use?

State and local governments would save $1.3 billion annually on substance abuse-related medical care and resources and on lost productivity.

Grant&Dawson, 1997.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2012-2013.

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