CAST -- Citizens And Students Together




Following is a listing of helpful resources compiled by CAST.

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together  Alcohol & Drug-Related Problems

  • "The Opiate Effect"
    Skip Gates
    2016 National Association for Rural Mental Health Annual Conference
    Portland, Maine

  • Al-Anon, Alateen & ACOA
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Center for Substance Abuse
  • The Cool Spot
    Getting ready for the upcoming school year isn't all about notebooks, brand-new clothes and lunchboxes. It's also about laying the foundation for good communication with your child and preparing them for a new transition.

    Questions about drugs and alcohol will inevitably come up during the school year. Need some help? Check out the items in our back-to-school survival guide, designed to help you talk, listen and improve your overall communication with your child:

    • Prevent drug use at every age.
      From preschool to young adulthood, find out what to say.
    • Learn about the drugs in your teen's world.

      Our Drug Guide will give you the facts to keep your teen safe (PDF).

      Download our
      free mobile app for Android phones and iPhones for easy access to information on drugs most commonly abused by teens — including photos, slang terms and short- and long-term effects.
    • Listen to what these moms have to say.
      Partnership moms give their 10 best back-to-school tips.
    • Set limits.
      While your teen's judgment skills are developing, she needs you to keep her safe by setting clear limits backed up with firm consequences.
    • Become a better listener.
      Learn how to listen. Take this quiz (PDF) about active listening, and learn how it can help improve parent/teen conversations.
    • Starting a new school?
      Help your child make good choices during this critical time.
    • Talk about marijuana.
      Find out how to have meaningful, productive conversations with your teen about marijuana.
    • Help end medicine abuse.
      More teens are abusing prescription medicine than ever. Here's what you can do to help.
    • Encourage healthy competition.
      Help your student athlete embrace healthy, drug-free competition.
    • Write a contract.
      Establish rules (in writing) about drugs and alcohol that you both agree to (PDF).

    Still have questions? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is where families find answers. Visit our website,, year-round for more tips, tools and resources.
  • Foundation for a Drug-Free World -- An Effective Drug Prevention Campaign on Marijuana, Ecstasy, Crystal Meth, Ritalin, and other Street Drugs
  • Get Smart About Drugs
    A DEA resource for parents, educators & caregivers
  • White House, Office of National Drug Control Policy,  release 2015 national drug control strategy
  • Narcotics Anonymous & Nar-Anon
  • logo-NIDANational Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    Easy to Read Drug Facts

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The Science Behind Drug Abuse
    If you have ever known someone who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, you are no stranger to the long road to recovery ahead of them. In fact, about 17.6 million Americans (1) struggle with alcohol abuse every year, and there are an average of 20 million illegal drug users every month. Numbers such as these indicate that an alarming number of people need help, whether they require professional treatment, peer support, or just some information on the impact drug and alcohol abuse has on an individual's health. This list of resources was created with the intention of spreading awareness on this issue.
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released an Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose, as well as how to use naloxone to prevent overdose-related deaths. As part of NASTAD's ongoing commitment to promoting injecting drug user health, we encourage you to take a look at The Toolkit and share with relevant staff and community partners.

    The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy all recognize the link between substance use and HIV and viral hepatitis prevention. Drug overdose is a common cause of non-AIDS related death among people who are living with HIV. Studies suggest that biological and behavioral factors, as well as environmental and structural factors, shown previously to increase overdose risk also affect populations living with HIV and could help explain the higher overdose risk associated with HIV status. Similarities in risk factors for HIV and overdose suggest a key opportunity to reduce HIV transmission and overdose by scaling up the public health, legal and policy infrastructures that promote prevention, education, care and treatment for HIV, viral hepatitis and drug use.

    Additionally, The Toolkit highlights the importance of access to naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of overdose from opioids. In April 2012, NASTAD submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encouraging increased access to naloxone and stated that targeting naloxone provision to opioid users living with HIV and/or viral hepatitis "has the potential to reduce fatal overdose in these disproportionately affected populations. Making naloxone more widely and readily accessible will provide opportunities for physicians, programs and organizations that care for and provide support services for these populations to save countless lives and prevent overdoses."


  • Prevention Resources
  • Prevention Starts at Home (Office of National Drug Control Policy)
    We know that the most effective way to reduce substance abuse is to prevent addition before it starts. That's why
    drug prevention efforts, such as the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and Drug-Free Communities Support Program, are important tools in our goal to reduce drug use and its consequences. Sometimes prevention can be as simple as spending time with your kids over a home-cooked meal.

    To help spread this message, we are pleased to join
    The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse in celebrating Family Day. The purpose of the day is to encourage parents to spend time - through family dinners - with their kids, talk to them about their friends, interests, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Prevention is the most cost -effective, common-sense approach to promoting safe and healthy communities.  Get involved today!

    Learn more about
    family day and read President Obama's message recognizing this event.
  • Preventing a Friend From Driving Drunk
  • The RI Council on Alcoholism's Hotline
  • SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies
    Summary of CAPT Resources to Support Opioid Misuse and Abuse Prevention
  • State of RI Department of Health — Safe Disposal of Household Medical Waste
  • State of RI Department of Health — Safe Opioid Prescribing

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Underage Drinking

  • Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center
    Nearly One-Fifth of Underage Drinkers Report Current Use of Marijuana with Alcohol
    Underage drinkers are more likely than alcohol users 21 or older to use illicit drugs within 2 hours of alcohol use, according to data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. One in five (20.1%) underage drinkers reported using at least one illicit drug the last time they used alcohol, compared to 4.9% of those ages 21 or older. Marijuana was the most commonly reported illicit drug used in combination with alcohol by both underage (19.2%) and adult (4.4%) drinkers. Future research will be needed to study if the co-occurring use of alcohol and marijuana changes among residents of Colorado and Washington, which have both recently enacted laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana by adults. To read the article in its entirety, visit the link:, CESAR FAX: July 22, 2013, Vol. 22, Issue 29.
  • NIAAA Alcohol Alert: Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented?
    This bulletin presents a detailed overview of the subject of underage alcohol use and includes recommended prevention strategies and a selection of promising prevention programs.

    Today, alcohol is widely available and aggressively promoted throughout society. And alcohol use continues to be regarded, by many people, as a normal part of growing up. Yet underage drinking is dangerous, not only for the drinker but also for society, as evident by the number of alcohol- involved motor vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides, and other injuries.

    People who begin drinking early in life run the risk of developing serious alcohol problems, including alcoholism, later in life . They also are at greater risk for a variety of adverse consequences, including risky sexual activity and poor performance in school.

    Identifying adolescents at greatest risk can help stop problems before they develop. And innovative, comprehensive approaches to prevention, such as Project Northland, are showing success in reducing experimentation with alcohol as well as the problems that accompany alcohol use by young people.

    The document is available in both html and pdf (for printing) formats:

    View as HTML
    View as PDF
  • Stay Smart Bookmark
    Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free has produced a bookmark that addresses children's use of refusal skills when offered alcohol. The bookmarks are being used in public libraries; librarians put them in the books that the children check out, as well as distribute them in areas throughout the libraries. This bookmark may be of use in your libraries or for discussions in other group settings. CLICK HERE to get bookmark.
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
  • Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • New Futures

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Delinquency

  • Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention: New OJJDP Web Page Promotes Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is committed to ensuring a level playing field for faith- and community-based organizations," OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores recently affirmed, adding, "The services they provide are integral to our efforts to prevent and address delinquency."

    To this end, OJJDP is pleased to announce the launching of its Faith-Based & Community Initiatives portal page. The page provides entry points to information on:

    1) OJJDP's outreach efforts, through conferences and meetings, to assist faith-based and community organizations in serving America's youth.

    2) Programs, funded by OJJDP, that exemplify the contributions of such organizations to preventing and combating delinquency.

    3) OJJDP-funded publications that provide information on the youth-serving activities of faith- and community-based organizations.

    The page also provides links to related resources, such as the Department of Justice Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the
    White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which, in turn, offers links to other agency centers for such initiatives.

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Domestic Violence


CAST -- Citizens And Students Together  Elderly Issues

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Parenting

  • Afterschool Alliance
  • MVParents
    Research-based resource for with tips, ideas, and strategies for raising smart, strong, responsible kids.
  • Prevention & Parents
    An interview with Joseph Califano, the head of Columbia's National Center on Addiction and Substance Use and author of How To Raise a Drug-Free Kid. He clearly outlines the case for prevention and the need to continue our efforts the educate parents about how they can prevent and reduce youth drug use.

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Smoking

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Safety & Preparedness

CAST -- Citizens And Students Together Violence Prevention

  • CRU Institute
    A nonprofit organization that teaches conflict resolution and mediation skills to faculty, students and parents, as a way to prevent violence and increase communication.
  • Gift From Within
    A private, non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Develops and disseminates educational material, including videotapes, articles, books, and a resource catalog. Maintains a roster of survivors who are willing to participate in an international network of peer support. Is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity, eligible to receive tax-exempt grants, gifts, and donations.
  • The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
    Sponsors scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression, and dominance.
  • Internet Nonprofit Center
    Home to donors and volunteers information on more nonprofits than any other site in the world!
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
    The nation's leading resource and advocacy organization dedicated to supporting crime victims and those who serve them. Join today and immediately start receiving the tools and resources you need to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.
  • National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
    NCPCA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization committed to preventing child abuse in all its forms through education, research, public awareness, and advocacy.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
    NCMEC spearheads national efforts to locate and recover missing children and raises public awareness about ways to prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy - Prevention
    Prevention is any activity that is intended to reduce or minimize the incidence of drug abuse and its negative consequences. These activities include the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and the Drug- Free Workplace Program.
  • Prevent
    Resources for Youth is a public education campaign funded by a grant to Martin & Glantz LLC from The California Wellness Foundation.
  • Virginia Youth Violence Project
    Identify effective methods and policies for youth violence prevention and response, especially in school settings.
  • Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

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