As a coalition, Casco Bay CAN approaches underage drinking and drug use as public health problems. We identify and reduce environmental conditions that increase the risk of youth substance use, rather than focusing efforts on individuals.
Casco Bay CAN works to reinforce the positive messages adults can give about avoiding alcohol, marijuana and other drugs to youth. We do this by focusing on community-level changes of rules and regulations, media messaging, and accessibility. We provide the community with the latest data, information, resources, and free training to support youth substance use prevention.
We have demonstrated that when a community comes together to prevent youth substance use, positive change happens and results in a safer, healthier community.
For more information about environmental youth substance use prevention strategies from a coalition perspective, please review PDF The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention Strategies by CADCA.