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San Diego County Committee Against Substance Abuse

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554 Broadway El Cajon CA 92021 USA


To prevent substance abuse through research, education, advocacy, and service.


The organizations operations consist of the following programs:drug free communities:the drug free communities support program is a collaborative effort between the executive office of the president, office of national drug control policy, and the substance abuse and mental health services administration. The purpose is to reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. Public health internships - youth leadership development:casa provides a volunteer public health internship program for 20-25 high school and college students each semester. The internship introduces young people to the fields of public health, community health improvement and substance abuse prevention through health education, employment preparation, service learning and community action. In 2012 public health interns contributed over 2,200 hours of service. Tobacco control:youth, older adults and disparate populations are the most vulnerable to the negative health impacts of tobacco. Casas tobacco control initiatives focus on two key areas: 1) reducing youth access to tobacco, and 2) reducing exposure to second-hand smoke. A significant tobacco control accomplishment in el cajon is the 97. 5% reduction in illegal sales of tobacco to minors and a corresponding reduction in past 30-day tobacco use by minors of 43% (from 2006 to 2012). Stop binge and underage drinking:using the strategic prevention framework, engage all sectors of the community to assess and address community conditions that contribute to binge and underage drinking. Plan and implement environmental strategies to effect population-level change reducing community risks that contribute to binge and underage drinking. Over the past year community volunteers contributed nearly 1,000 hours of service assessing community conditions related to binge and underage drinking and engaging in community activities to prevent overconcentration of alcohol outlets and sales to youth and serial inebriates. Community empowerment and engagement:casa provides technical assistance and training to several community collaborations throughout the county. Local residents become empowered volunteers who use community action research, problem solving, advocacy and civic engagement to improve community conditions and influence norms to prevent substance abuse, resulting in healthier environments for all residents and businesses. In support of casas public health initiatives during 2012: **9 volunteers worked 72 hours in support of prescription drug take back events in santee, la mesa and el cajon to reduce the diversion and abuse of prescription pharmaceuticals. More than 2 tons of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs were turned in for safe disposal. **6 senior volunteers devoted 96 hours to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free multi-unit housing policies that protect all residents in their senior housing development. **12 volunteers invested over 100 hours to conduct community-based assessments and develop a 5-year strategic prevention plan for santee. **8 volunteers dedicated nearly 200 hours organizing in lemon grove and imperial beach to prevent the retail sale of marijuana in their communities.

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