Prevention through Connection
March 2018

We began this month with a brave Manhasset parent sharing the story of her son's heroin overdose so that other families should not experience burying a child. How did this happen in Manhasset?  Sadly, drugs are easy to buy, and thanks to cellphones for pre-arranging discrete meeting places in town, drug dealers are not easy to catch.  As Christine explained, her son did not start with heroin, but alcohol.  High school can be difficult and her son used alcohol to deal with his feelings.  Alcohol is a depressant so it did not help. Once a child is 18, a parent does not have the ability to intervene with medical help.  Another Manhasset parent shared that his 23 year old daughter had died from fentanyl, the "one and done" drug found mixed in heroin, marijuana, and cocaine that is killing regular as well as one-time users. We thank these parents for sharing to help others, and repeat their advice: if you think a friend is in trouble, please let his or her parent know.  

Gian Paul Gonzalez motivated about 300 student athletes, coaches, and parents with the "All In" message he has delivered to the NY Giants and around the world.  He inspired us to give more than half or 85% effort as a teammate, student, or family member.  Don't put something in your body on a Friday night that's going to keep you from playing your best.  Don't blame your coach, your teammates, or your equipment for an outcome.  The only thing that keeps you from being great is you.  Only you can make the choice to give it your all.  Don't back away from what is hard.  Be part of the solution. Sometimes important work is done when nobody is watching. 

Please help continue CASA's efforts to prevent drug use and underage drinking. Be careful not to imply that experimenting with alcohol is OK.  Teens whose parents communicate that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are 80 percent less likely to drink. This may be "hard" for a few years but this is our last chance to make them strong and the investment will pay off for life.  Be "all in" as a parent.  Start by adding your name to the growing list of SAFE Homes, and support our future leaders. 

Jen DeSena
Executive Director

Do you want to get more involved in CASA? Are you a member? Have you joined our SAFE Homes network? To register,  click here  and learn more about this important initiative that seeks to help our tweens and teens stay safe.

Wednesday, March 21st is 
National Kick Butts Day, 
a day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against tobacco.  

According to the recent Surgeon General's Report, E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in the United States.  E-cigarette companies are also using many of the advertising tactics the tobacco industry used to persuade a new generation of young people to use their products. 
CASA's Youth Club is speaking with Manhasset 7th grade science classes on Kick Butts Day about the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes. Here are some questions they will explore:
  • What are e-cigarettes, how do they work and why are they dangerous?
  • What are the national trends for smoking by teens?
  • Overall, how could e-cigarette advertising be dangerous for teens?
  • How can teens protect themselves from being influenced by messages that may be dangerous?
  • Why might e-cigarette ads be an unreliable source of information about health and safety?
  • Tobacco advertisements are required by law to contain a warning regarding harmful health effects. What information do you think should be included in a warning on an e-cigarette ad?
Ask your children what they know about Kick Butts Day and the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes. Also, check out these websites to learn more:


Upcoming Programs and Events
Yoga Fundraiser for CASA
Thursday, March 22
12:45pm - 2:45pm

Yoga Life
939 Port Washington Blvd
parking in back) 

Join us for an afternoon of yoga and body care in support of CASA. 

1:00pm - 2:00pm:  Creative Vinyasa Flow yoga class with Joanne Kane (for all levels including beginner.) 

2:00pm - 2:45pm: Refreshments and demo by Jeanine Toes of  Emma's Elixirs, a new all natural  body care company created with her 9th grade daughter. 

Raffle tickets for sale to win fun prizes!

All proceeds go to continuing CASA's programs 
supporting youth mental and physical health.

Please RSVP to Patti Anne Reilly at:  
Join us for a Rotary Speaks/Power of Parenting Program
Tuesday, April 10th,  7:30pm - 8:30pm
RSVP here.
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Join or Renew your CASA Annual Membership

Manhasset CASA is in its 10th year of the Drug Free Communities Sup port  Program Grant. We need your membership to continue our efforts!  Please join or renew your 2017-18 membership as we are all  responsible to keep Manhasset's children safe and healthy! 

We greatly appreciate your support and hope you will  Like Us on Facebook or visit our website a   to learn more about teen and college trends in risk behavior as well as parenting! 

Manhasset Community 

Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA), Inc. 

P.O. Box 392
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 267-7548

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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).  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.