Community-based interventions designed to more rigorously control underage access to alcohol through parent and retailer education and increased enforcement of underage drinking laws are all effective strategies to help address youth substance use.
Lock It Up Campaign
Regarding alcohol, CASA’s message is clear: Keep it out of the hands of our kids. The majority of teens have their first experiences with alcohol in the home without their parents’ permission. The solution, don’t make it readily available and you may be able to increase YOUR child’s age of first use.
When you host a party and allow underage drinking, you cannot predict the behavior of the teens who are drinking. Even if you take away the keys, alcohol poisoning, fighting, risky sexual behavior, sexual assaults, and other harmful situations may occur. There are countless stories of tragedies that have taken place when young people were allowed to drink in what the adults felt was a “safe” environment.
In addition, you are sending the message to young people that underage drinking and breaking the law are okay. If it is okay to drink at their friend’s house with adults present, then why wouldn’t it be okay to drink elsewhere? And if it is okay to break this law because it is unreasonable, then what other laws can be broken?
Studies have shown that youth who are allowed to drink at home tend to drink both more often and in larger quantities when away from home.
With this in mind, CASA created the SAFE Homes Parent Pledge. By signing it, you are making a promise to your family and your community that you will not allow youth substance use in your home.
Project Sticker Shock
North Shore High School Students have come together to create this campaign aimed at reducing youth access to substances. Creating the messaging, the stickers and reaching out to local businesses that sell alcohol, our students sent a powerful message to the community that providing alcohol to anyone 21 or younger is illegal.
Drug Take Back
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Our most recent event was held in April 2021 in Glen Head. When a Shed The Meds event is not on the calendar, please bring medications to the following LOCAL drop point:
CVS at 201 Glen Street in Glen Cove.