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Juul (pronounced Jewel) is the newest threat and latest trend among teens and college students.  Juul is an electronic cigarette that looks like a flash drive and contains high doses of nicotine, which is dangerous for the developing teen brain.  One Juul pod contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes.  For more information on Juul, read The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' Fact Sheet. CLICK HERE.


JUUL is just one form of vaping.  Vaping includes all forms of e-cigarettes, also known as electronic nicotine delivery devices (Ends).

Vaping is becoming an epidemic among teens.  For more information about vaping, check out the following resources:

The TRUTH INITIATIVE also has a wealth of information about vaping.  
To check it out, visit

QUITTING VAPING:  Because vaping involves nicotine, it is very hard to quit!  The Mayo Clinic and the Truth Initiative have established a hotline for quitting JUUL and other vaping devices.  To get started, Text QUIT to 202-804-9884. 

Or for more information:
How To Talk With Your Teen About E-Cigarettes
Talk to Kids about Vaping infographic
Vaping Toolkit
What You Need to Know and How to Talk to Your Kids About Vaping Guide
Youth eCigarette Prevention Infographic

surgeongeneralSurgeon General Rleases First Ever Report On Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

In November, the Surgeon General released a report reviewing what we know about substance misuse and how the information can be used to address substance abuse and related consequences. To review key findings or to
download the full report, CLICK HERE.

Talk, They Hear You

moms thoughts space Click here to view this new public service announcement for underage drinking prevention, created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), helps parents start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

asklistenlearnAsk Listen Learn
Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix.

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Tobacco Awareness Puppet Show
A puppet show on tobacco education was presented to the Candlebrook Elementary School students in May 2017.

CLICK HERE to View an Excerpt

Medicine Safety Puppet Show
A puppet show on medicine safety was presented at the Township Library in May 2017.

CLICK HERE to View an Excerpt


Kick Butts Day, a day to empower youth to speak out again Big Tobacco, is celebrated annually in March. To learn about The Real Costs of Tobacco, watch these REAL COST VIDEOS. CLICK HERE.

Drug-Free World - Find out the Truth About Drugs

Whether you are a parent or a student, it helps to be informed! Click Here learn about marijuana, alcohol, inhalants, painkillers, heroin, Ritalin, synthetic drugs, Ecstasy, cociane, crack, and LSD.

Take the IQ Challenge

In January, CAST celebrated NATIONAL DRUGS AND ALCOHOL FACTS WEEK. Test your knowledge by taking the interactive 2017 National Drug and Alcohol Challenge IQ quiz! GET STARTED. Click Here.

The Financial Impact of Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a mistake you don’t want to make. Even if you’re arrested before you get in a crash, getting a DUI can derail your life. You may have your license suspended, spend time in jail – up to a year for a first DUI in some states – and pay thousands of dollars in fines and legal costs. You’ll also see your car insurance rates skyrocket, with the higher premium costing tens of thousands of dollars over time.
For more information, Click Here

Information on Overdoses and Heroin from the NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention Education) Presentations

For Students:
Pamphlet Given Out To Students: Click Here

What is Addiction? How Do I Talk To My Parents?; How to Talk to Your Friends; Introducing Your Brain: Click Here

For Parents:
Drug Abuse Facts; What Should I Do If I Suspect My Child Is On Drugs?; What Can I Do To Prevent My Child From Using Drugs?; Family Time; and A Note on the Net: Click Here

Information About Drugs: Click Here

Information About Prescription Drug Abuse: Click Here

Commonly Abused Pharmaceuticals; Lifesaving Homework for Parents; How Can I Keep My Child From Abusing Prescription Drugs; and How Do I Dispose of Prescription Drugs?: Click Here


The Great American Smokeout is always celebrated on the third Thursday in November. This is a day to encourage someone you know to quit smoking or make a plan to quit smoking. Smokers can start out small, with a goal to quit just for that day. They will be taking the first step towards a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. Just 20 minutes after quitting smoking, their heart rate and blood pressure will drop. Within 12 hours, their carbon monoxide levels will return to normal. That’s just what happens in one day!
To see the timeline of what continues to happen, click here. Research shows that smokers who have support are more likely to quit for good.

It is important to encourage people to quit smoking because smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death. Tobacco causes lung cancer and contributes to many other types of cancer; tobacco damages every organ in your body, including the lungs, heart, blood vessels, reproductive organs, mouth, skin, eyes, and bones.
For more information on the health risks of smoking tobacco, click here.

Fortunately, cigarette smoking has been declining (down from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014). Unfortunately, alternate ways of smoking are on the rise – cigars, pipes, hookah, and vaping. There’s no safe way to smoke. Smoking kills people. To learn more about light cigarettes, herbal cigarettes, cigars and little cigars, clove cigarettes, bidis, hookah, and electronic cigarettes, click here.

For information on quitting smoking, click here.

Other Good Resources for Tobacco:
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Many teens are going to the family medicine cabinet to get a high. In the family medicine cabinet, they often find easy access to prescription painkillers and over-the counter cough syrup. Did you know that about 3% of teens report abusing DEXOMETHORPHAN (DXM), the active ingredient in most over-the-counter cough syrups? When taken according to the package directions, DXM is safe and effective, but when taken in higher quantities, it can cause dangerous side effects. Unfortunately, some teens are taking 25 to 50 times the recommended dose! For more information, Click Here.

Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse, A Parents Guide
You already know about the dangers of illegal street drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine. But did you know that some teens are abusing legal products, like cough medicine, to get high?
This guide will provide the answers to many questions about cough medicine abuse, give helpful tips for preventing this and other types of drug abuse, and offer other resources for more information. For more information, Click Here.


According to a recent student survey, 38% of Upper Merion teens believe that getting alcohol is as easy as getting a pizza.  According to the same student survey, 43% of the teens reported that it would be hard, but they thought that they would be able to get alcohol, and 19% thought that it would be hard to get.
So where do teens get alcohol? 
Most teens report getting alcohol from their friends, which raises the question, “Where do their friends get alcohol?” Sometimes, it’s as easy as opening the refrigerator or the family liquor cabinet and helping themselves to their parents’ supply, without the parents noticing. Sometimes, the alcohol is provided for them by older friends, either at a party or by the older friend purchasing it for them. In some cases, the alcohol is actually provided by parents. Click Here to read more.

SAMSHAOpioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit -
The Opioid Overdose Toolkit educates first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose. The toolkit also explains how to use a drug called naloxone to prevent overdose-related deaths.

Anyone who uses opioids for long-term management of cancer pain or noncancer pain is at risk for overdose, as are those who use heroin. The good news is we now know that the drug naloxone can be used as an antidote to opioid overdose and can prevent opioid-related deaths when naloxone is administered in a timely manner.

Inside the toolkit are five separate booklets, each designed for a specific audience.

• Patients can learn how to minimize the risk of opioid overdose.
• Prescribers can understand the risks of opioid overdose, as well as clinically sound strategies for prescribing opioids, and educating and monitoring patients.
• First responders will find five steps to use in responding to an overdose, including how to use naloxone and provide other life-saving assistance.
• Community members can view facts about opioid overdose that can help local governments, community organizations, and private citizens develop policies and practices to prevent overdoses and deaths.
• Survivors and family members can gain information and support through the information provided in this booklet.

Get Your Copy of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. Click Here

Help for Different Types of Addiction

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Addiction: Types, Recognition, Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Treatment, and Family.

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Understanding Addiction

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What to Do If Your Teen Has a Problem With Drugs

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addictionguideAddiction Guide
Addiction Guide is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment. Our mission is to guide you and your loved ones to a healthier life.

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Drugs of Abuse: Interactive Exploration of Drug Effects on the Body

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20 Secret Signs of Addiction.
Knowing whether someone you love has a problem with alcohol or drugs isn't as straightforward as it sounds. Despite the stereotypes of the staggering drunk or the emaciated addict, most people who overuse alcohol and drugs become adept at disguising their behavior. Shame, embarrassment, and fear of consequences are powerful motivators. And in many cases, the person who's drinking too much or using drugs doesn't want to recognize or admit that he's not in control of the situation.

Click Here to read more.

13 Sobering Facts About Teen Substance Abuse
Teen substance use is an epidemic of greater proportions than depression, bullying, and obesity, according to a new report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University in New York City. CASA interviewed more than 2,500 high school students, parents, and school personnel, analyzed thousands of studies, and interviewed 50 leading experts in a broad range of fields to produce the comprehensive report, which unearthed some shocking statistics.

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Boundaries With Teens: How to Address Alcohol and Drug Issues
It is every parent’s nightmare: having a teen on alcohol or drugs. This is not life as God designed it. Substance abuse causes the breakdown of all that is good. Enslavement replaces freedom. Detachment replaces love. Chaos replaces order. Despair replaces hope. Boundaries with teens is the answer.

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offthewagonOFF the Wagon - Signs & Symptoms of Drug Abuse in Teens
Drug abuse in teenagers requires specific guidance and that is why we've put this page together. We cover early warning signs to look out for, steps that can be taken as well as rehab options to help parents and caregivers make the right decision.

Click Here to read more.

CADCA Legislative Update Breaking: Opioid Legislative Update
H.R. 5046, the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 413-5. This bill is a major part of Congress's efforts to tackle the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic facing the nation, and was introduced as the House's version of similar legislation that passed the Senate earlier this year, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

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Taking Action to Keep Our Kids Tobacco-Free
Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., taking almost half a million lives every year. Every death caused by tobacco is preventable. Progress has been made but new threats to our nation’s health have emerged, so we’re taking the next logical step to protect our kids from the dangers of tobacco.

In 2009, a bipartisan Congressional act entrusted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products in order to protect public health. Last week, we finalized a rule that extends FDA authority to regulate ALL tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigars. Under federal law, retailers will no longer be able to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, or other covered tobacco products to anyone under age 18 and all tobacco sales to those 26 and under will require a photo ID. Going forward, the FDA will be able to review and regulate new tobacco products before they hit store shelves.

Watch Secretary Burwell talk about this historic step that will help us improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco.
Click Here to watch the video.

Click Here to learn more about the new tobacco product regulations.

Click Here to link to Health and Human Services.

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs
If you can't stop taking a drug even if you want to, or if the urge to use drugs is too strong to control, even if you know the drug is causing harm, you might be addicted.
Click Here for more information.

ADHD and Addiction - What is the Risk?
This helpful article discusses the possible link between addiction and ADHD, and how it can be addressed before addiction takes control.
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The Risk of Addiction in the Transgender Community: Embracing Your Identity While Coping with Addiction
Members of the LGBTQ community may have a heightened risk of addiction, but there are lots of ways for these individuals to seek help.
Click Here for more information.

Apathy About Alcohol Harm is Infecting the Nation!– by Pamela S. Erickson
NEWSLETTER | August 2012 | Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Marketplace
A top health authority has called excessive alcohol use “a largely unrecognized public health problem.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted that more than 15 percent of U.S. adults, or 33 million Americans, report binge drinking in the past 30 days.  And, the percentage of adults who binge has not declined for more than 15 years. Alcohol misuse, including binge and underage drinking, is the nation’s third leading cause of preventable death, responsible for more than 79,000 deaths annually and a wide range of health problems. Beyond the human costs, excessive alcohol use also has a tremendous economic cost, with a $185 billion annual price tag in health care and criminal justice expenses and lost productivity, the CDC reported.
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"Education is the best weapon against irresponsible drinking, as it helps to prepare students to make safer and healthier choices."

UMAHS Graduating Senior,
Class of 2016





"Living independently on a college campus is one of the scariest ideas to me because I am terrified of the unknown, and I am terrified of the temptations.  I am not terrified because I am weak, but rather, I am terrified because I know the effect of alcohol and drugs on the intricate and delicate human body from both a personal and scientific point of view."

UMAHS Graduating Senior,
Class of  2015









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