Prevention through Connection
December 2016
Home for the Holidays
Rest, Relax & Relate!

Making the most of our holidays can often be a challenge , from demanding social schedules and endless errands to teens with nothing to do!   During this time of year, remember your mental and emotional health and well-being as  the winter holiday season often brings  stress or holiday blues for many teens and adults. 

The Mayo Clinic offers practical tips to enjoy the holidays and prevent stress and depression.  "Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression." Their approach emphasizes preventing stress and depression in the first place. Click here to read more. 

Reaching out within our families is also critical when it comes to our children's well-being and t he holiday vacation is a great time to affirm with your teen that underage drinking is dangerous to their physical and emotional health.  On an average December day, nearly 11,500 12- to 17-year-olds start drinking alcohol. 

Having the talk  to prevent underage drinking matters as teens who begin drinking before the age of fifteen are  four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence or substance abuse at some point in their life ( September 2016 National Institutes of Health ).  Parents and community residents recently learned how fast substance use can progress with teens at CASA's October Drug Trends & Young People program. Please view our video link (click here) which includes  Linda Ventura's touching story about losing her son to a heroin overdose as well as LICADD's presentation.  S pecial thanks to Tom Donohue and Manhasset Public Schools.

Manhasset CASA will continue this conversation at its Thursday, January 15, 2017 9:00 a.m Coalition Sector Meeting at Manhasset High School. We will  discuss why underage drinking is not a rite of passage as well as the importance of positive alternatives for youth in the prevention of youth substance use. Kym Laube, Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services (HUGS), Inc. is our featured speaker.   The meeting will also include a special presentation to Honorable Jack M. Martins for his support of Manhasset CASA's parent and substance abuse prevention education programs.  All parents and community residents are invited to attend. 

Parents have a significant influence on whether their kids drink, and can help prevent underage drinking and substance use by talking to their kids early and often. Whether you are home for the holidays or venturing on vacation, we hope you are able to share the most precious gift of time with your family and relax, enjoy their company and talk with your t(w)een.

Manhasset CASA Executive Board
Health on the Plate
Serving Up a School-Home Connection

Manhasset CASA continues our School-Home Connection in collaboration with Manhasset Secondary School Health Teachers Jasmine Ostrom (Grade 8) and Lauren Sadeh (Grade 10): 

8th Grade Health: Students are learning about the importance of trust and setting boundaries in a healthy relationship. Boundaries help define what's important to you and help you feel safe. Students will learn that it is really important for partners to talk about and be aware of each other's boundaries, and to be able to trust that the other person won't cross or ignore them. Today's adolescents have access to more information than ever before, and are inundated with often contradictory messages about healthy relationships. They're accustomed to sifting through these messages to consider what is relevant to them, and parents and caregivers are valuable to support them in this challenge.

Health at the Dinner Table Discussion & CONVERSATION STARTERS
  • What values do you think are important in friendships? What values do you think are important in dating relationships?
  • What does it mean to stand up for yourself? When you stand up for yourself, do you think you are being strong or pushy? Why? 
  • What's a healthy way to argue? What's an unhealthy way to argue?
  • What should you do if someone you're dating threatens you? What if someone you are dating tells you to keep quiet and not tell anyone, even though you know it is wrong?
To learn more about healthy relationships and dating abuse, go to

10th Grade Health: S tudents are learning about the dangers of e-cigarettes, vaping and synthetic marijuana.  Recent drug trends show a decrease in the use of traditional cigarettes and a tremendous increase in the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes.  In fact, the use of e-cigarettes among high school students has increased by 900% from 2011 to 2015.  Synthetic marijuana has also been a dangerously growing trend among high school students.  Students are resorting to this dangerous man made version of marijuana because it has been shown to be easily accessible in "corner stores" and gas stations, bought without any age restrictions and does not show up on drug tests.  Classes will also discuss the physical, mental and social implications of these drugs. 

Click here to read an article recently provided to students regarding the dangers of vaping. 
Surviving the Party
Student Prevention Program for Grades 9-12

Local Support for Generation Rx Campaign
Cards, Carts & More! 

In 2015 more than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose; of those, 33,091 (63.1 percent) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Since 2000, more than 300,000 Americans have lost their lives to an opioid overdose (Centers for Disease Control 12.16.16). According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 70% of those who misuse prescription drugs get them from family members or friends, often from the medicine cabinet.

Manhasset CASA's Safe Medication Practices for Life Generation Rx Grant Initiative strives to increase awareness about safe medication use and encourage residents to dispose of unnecessary medications kept in the home. 

Working with the Nassau County Police Department, Raindew Family Centers and Pharmacy, Maclellan Pharmacy and Manhasset Park Drug as well as other local businesses such as Daniel Gale Realty, Manhasset CASA has made Generation Rx Fact Cards available across the community as well as Nassau County.  The fact card highlights key safety messages as well as all Nassau County Precinct Disposal Box locations where residents can drop unnecessary medications 24 hours a day. 

Nassau County Precinct Disposal Boxes accepted items include:  prescriptions, prescription patches, prescription medications, prescription ointments, over the counter medications, vitamins, sample medications and medications for pets. Please do not deposit needles, sharps, aerosol cans, thermometers, ointments (liquid or lotion), hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, medication from businesses and bloody or infectious waste.

Manhasset CASA's Generation Rx program will also advertise in Anton Newspapers and on local shopping center carts to encourage residents to engage in safe medicine practices and disposal in an effort to reduce prescription drug misuse.

Monitoring the Future Survey: National Youth Trends
Bach Harrison Survey: Manhasset Youth Trends 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey this month.
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). 

The findings indicate a continued long-term decline in the use of many illicit drugs in 2016, including marijuana - as well as alcohol, tobacco and prescription medications. Overall, 45,473 students from across the United States were surveyed in grades 8, 10 and 12 from 372 public and private schools. 
As a recipient of a Drug Free Communities Grant, Manhasset CASA and Manhasset Secondary School will also investigate local youth drug trends, understand root causes of drug use and develop targeted strategies to reduce youth substance abuse.  

From January 20th through January 31st, students in grades 8, 10 and 12 will participate in the Bach Harrison Online Prevention Needs Assessment Survey which will assist Manhasset CASA to reduce youth substance abuse in the Manhasset Community. In addition, district parents will be invited to participate in an online parent survey which will provide CASA further feedback in developing family based prevention programs that reduce youth substance abuse. 

For more information regarding Manhasset CASA's 2015 Bach Harrison Prevention Needs Assessment Survey Results,  CLICK HERE.
2017 Power of Parenting Series  
Alcohol, Drugs & the Teen Brain

With today's teen binge drinking out of control as well as new recreational marijuana laws, it can be hard for parents to discuss why substance use is so dangerous to our teen's health and well-being.

By popular demand, Dr. Stephen Dewey returns to our Power of Parenting Series on Thursday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Manhasset Public Library Community Room to discuss how the teen brain is affected by underage drinking, marijuana and other drugs. Dewey, an Investigator at the Center for Behavioral & Molecular Imaging at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, simply shows us what he sees everyday through his research! 

In our efforts to make sure our educational programs reach all members of the Manhasset community, we are providing Chinese (Mandarin) translation for this program.   Please see the attached flyers in English and Mandarin.


This prevention education program is part of the Power of Parenting Series sponsored by Honorable Jack M. Martins, the Manhasset Public Library and Manhasset CASA. 
Surgeon General: E-Cigarettes Public Health Concern
Manhasset Teens Self Report E-cigarette Use  

The recent Surgeon General's report, E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General   indicates electronic cigarette ( E-cigarette) use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015. 

E-cigarette products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and hookahs.  In Manhasset High School, 12th grade students reported Past 30 Day Use of traditional tobacco products decreasing from 15.5% (2008) to 6.2% (2015) while their use of E-cigarettes was reported at 27.8% in 2015 ( First time Manhasset Secondary Students were surveyed for e-cigarettes is 2015 ).  

According to the Surgeon General Report, n icotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain. The report also notes key health effects of E-Cigarette use among U.S. youth and young adults: 
  • E-cigarettes can expose users to several chemicals, including nicotine, carbonyl compounds, and volatile organic compounds, known to have adverse health effects. The health effects and potentially harmful doses of heated and aerosolized constituents of e-cigarette liquids, including solvents, flavorants, and toxicants, are not completely understood.
  • E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless "water vapor," although it generally contains fewer toxicants than combustible tobacco products.
  • Ingestion of e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine can cause acute toxicity and possibly death if the contents of refill cartridges or bottles containing nicotine are consumed.
In June 2016, the FDA extended its regulatory authority to cover all tobacco products, including vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (E-Cigarettes), e-pipes, and all other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). FDA now regulates the manufacture, import, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of ENDS. This includes components and parts of ENDS* but excludes accessories. To learn more about E-cigarettes, click here
Treatment & Recovery Education in Manhasset 
Free Family Education Series at Seafield Center 

Residents who are impacted by addiction are invited to attend the Seafield Center's Family Education Series which runs weekly at 585 Plandome Road, Manhasset. 

The free four session family program provides information regarding various aspects of addiction, treatment, therapy and codependency and enabling behaviors.  For more information , click here for Seafield's flyer  or contact Pedro Pereira, CASAC, Clinical Supervisor at (516) 812-9944. 
Manhasset Community 
Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Inc. 
P.O. Box 392
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 267-7548
Manhasset CASA exists as a resource to reduce the illegal, underage use of alcohol, tobacco, & other drugs among its youth, before they are in trouble, by connecting parents, schools and the community as partners in the common goal.  In 2013, CASA was honored to receive its second five year Drug Free Communities Support Grant (DFC) by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   Our goals are to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults; and to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, private nonprofit agencies, and federal, state, and local governments to support the efforts of our community coalition to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth.