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The Upper Merion Area CAST initiative is a coalition of individuals from all sectors of the community working toward the goal of decreasing and preventing drug use and violence among youth.

This process includes:
• Researching drug and violence issues in the
Upper Merion Area.
• Developing a marketing campaign.
• Planning and implementing evidence-based interventions.
• Creating community change with positive alternatives for youth.
• Relying on community and parental involvement to see lasting change.



This is the most popular teen trend right now, and it is something that all parents of middle and high schoolers should be aware of. While all vaping devices are forms of electronic cigarettes, many of them do not bear any resemblances to e-cigarettes. To an unsuspecting parent, these devices simply look like flash drives or pens. While they are currently considered safer than conventional cigarettes, they are certainly not without risks. These products, which come in kid-friendly flavors, are not yet regulated by the FDA and most of them contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and harmful to the developing teen brain. One JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes!  For more information on vaping, please visit our DRUGS & ALCOHOL page



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This website was developed,  in part, under a grant number SP 14395-07 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of ONDCP, SAMHSA or HHS.
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