Website With Resources From Birth to 19 Years Old!

We encourage you to check out Parenting Montana, which provides easy-to-use tools for children and teens of all ages, from birth to 19 years old! The website is well designed you can easily access various categories (listening, routines, tantrums, happiness, homework, back talk, stress, peer pressure, mixed messages about alcohol and more!) within each age listed.

Casco Bay CAN Earns Nationwide Award

We are so excited to announce that the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) recognized Casco Bay CAN in October as one of the top ten case studies nationwide for successful strategies to reduce substance use in young people. Check out the press release from Cumberland County Government, Maine below and the link to the case study.
Government of Cumberland County, Maine
Contact: Travis Kennedy | 207-619-2663
Casco Bay CAN Earns Nationwide Recognition
Cumberland County sponsored program works to reduce underage drinking, drug use
NEW GLOUCESTER — Casco Bay CAN has earned national recognition for their work to reduce substance use in young people.
Casco Bay Create Awareness Now (CAN) is a Coalition of members representing all 12 Drug-Free Community sectors: businesses, media, schools, youth-serving organizations, law enforcement, parents, youth, religious and fraternal organizations, civic and volunteer groups, healthcare professionals, state and local government, and other organizations involved in reducing youth substance use. The coalition serves Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gray, New Gloucester, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Pownal.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America CADCA recognized Casco Bay CAN in October as one of the top ten case studies nationwide for successful strategies to reduce substance use in young people.
“Casco Bay CAN has become a leading resource for community organizations and agencies that look to us for guidance, training, and materials to support their youth substance use prevention efforts,” said Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Casco Bay CAN’s Program Director. “We work to educate and empower adults that influence youth, and they have consistently stepped up to participate. Our Coalition is so proud to receive this recognition.”
The Casco Bay CAN program engages parents, faith leaders, school staff and law enforcement to conduct programs ranging from education about the dangers of underage drinking and substance use, to peer-to-peer prevention messaging.
Casco Bay CAN also worked with local law enforcement to implement “Project Sticker Shock,” a point-of-sale campaign to bring awareness to state laws and penalties for providing alcohol to minors. In May and December each year, approximately 100 youth volunteers work in collaboration with all five local law enforcement agencies and nearly 20 local retailers to place bright orange awareness stickers on alcohol packs. The project is supported with ad campaigns and social media posts. Local restaurants participate by placing pizza box top stickers with the headline, “Because You Care About Teens, Don’t Provide the Means.” Youth volunteers wear “Project Sticker Shock” t-shirts and receive recognition for their efforts.
CADCA developed case studies from the most recent Drug-Free Communities (DFC) outcome data available. These case studies featured coalitions that documented reductions in youth substance use across all grade levels (middle and high school) and all substances (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs). These coalitions went through a rigorous training on CADCA’s model of Community Change. They implemented a comprehensive strategy that encompassed CADCA’s 7 Strategies for Community Change. These are: providing information; building skills; providing support; enhancing access/reducing barriers; changing consequences (incentives/disincentives); changing physical design; and modifying and changing policies.
CADCA’s Public Policy Team interviewed coalition leaders to see what they had done across the seven strategies. “We chose the best-of-the-best coalitions for our case studies,” said Chris Doarn, Public Policy Manager for CADCA. “Members of Casco Bay CAN should feel a tremendous sense of honor and pride in their coalition’s selection as a case study. CADCA thanks them for their outstanding work.”
Casco Bay’s outcome data will be shared with members of Congress, both in Maine and in other states.
“While we are proud of the impact we have had in our communities over the past decade, there is still much more to do to empower youth to make healthy choices,” said Blakeman-Pohl. “Today’s youth face new circumstances that can lead to self-medicating, including increased stress and anxiety, which has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Over the next decade, we will build upon our strong network to increase our impact, build resiliency with youth and families, and address on-going and emerging challenges in order to continue our work reducing substance use by children and teens.”

Worried About a Friend?

Worried someone you know is using substances or might have a substance use disorder? Check out this infographic from SAMHSA about how to start a conversation. It isn’t always easy but these talking tips can help!

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: The lungs are designed for breathing in oxygen, not substances delivered by a vaping device.

Lung damage occurs because the substance remains at the bottom of the lung. This impacts the total amount of oxygen your lungs can access, therefore impacting your athletic performance.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains.

Many athletes tend to underestimate the way in which alcohol use, even a few drinks, can nullify your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.

SAMHSA encourages parents to talk with their college-bound young adults about alcohol use. If you are a parent, a high school or college administrator, or an organization serving parents and teens, please download these free materials and share them with other caring adults.


National Substance Abuse Prevention Month: Teen Vaping Data

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more about youth vaping trends and why they say they choose to use. Data is from the The National Institute on Drug Abuse – NIDA.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Choose not to use marijuana as it impacts your health, safety and potential for academic and athletic success.

THC (the chemical in marijuana) builds up in the brain and affects the skill recall area of the brain and delays reaction time. Marijuana compromises judgment and affects many other skills necessary to be a proficient athlete. These skills include alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time.

Facing Stigma: Creating Solutions

Facing Stigma: Creating Solutions
Sunday, October 25, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, ME
An overview of Stigma and Small Group Discussions led and facilitated by Suzanne Fox, Executive Director, The Yellow Tulip Project. Learn more here.