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The opioid epidemic is at an all time high in New Hampshire, and CAST works tirelessly to reach the children impacted by drug addiction and provide services for them. In addition to monthly Children’s Resiliency Retreats, which works with kids to help them understand substance abuse disorder and in turn, make healthy choices for themselves, CAST also focuses on adult and teen education through workshops and training sessions at schools, libraries, the BGCSV, and other community hubs.
C.A.S.T. began as a grassroots coalition in 2004 with two main goals: support prevention programs for youth and connect with parents that were struggling to handle teen substance abuse. The coalition started with a group of concerned parents and teens, today it has grown to be a local support system comprised of caring community members, with diverse backgrounds. Now, not only do we support substance misuse prevention programs, but we provide them as well. We have a strong focus on promoting healthy choices among youth and supporting/ strengthening families.
The coalition has been driven by hard work and a passion for a healthier community, but we wouldn’t be where we are today without the help of many dedicated volunteers. So, if you are looking for a way to help others and make a difference in the lives of children and families, feel free to contact C.A.S.T.
CAST – Community Action for Safe Teens Coalition, a committee of Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley – provides many opportunities for teens, parents, and concerned community members to be involved! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
The opioid crisis in NH is at epidemic levels. For a long time it has been a large part of what we focus on here at CAST, but if we are going to put an end to it we need your help!
Currently in NH, addiction is the number one public health crisis and it is having monumental impacts (CDC, Surgeon General Report). In fact, in New Hampshire alone we are losing $2.36 billion a year to addiction (New Futures Organization). Being informed is the first step to helping us end this problem. Know how to protect yourselves and your kids, lock up medications, and properly dispose of ones that aren’t being used. In 2017, NH had 488 drug related deaths, which amounted to more than four times the amount of traffic deaths. Stay informed, and stay safe.
We believe it takes a village to create a healthy community and connect people to the support systems they need. To see a list of resources offered by community partners and local organizations, click below.
Once a month, we hold the Children’s Resiliency Retreat, otherwise known as Camp Serenity, to work with kids impacted by the addiction of a loved one and help teach them how to cope.
From the YES Team to Positive Action, our programs all link back to our main mission of preventing substance misuse, promoting healthy lifestyles, and educating and supporting our kids.