Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA)


To reduce the use of drugs and alcohol throughout the community, with a primary focus on youth, by encouraging healthy decision making and providing resources that address prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery throughout the lifespan.


The Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) was established in 2013 to address youth substance use. CAASA consists of a diverse representation of invested community partners who are representatives from Public Health, the Schools, Fire Rescue, Police, Parks and Recreation, Norfolk County DA’s office, students, clinicians, and parents. Our collaboration allows for a 360 degree perspective on the issues affecting Canton and how best to address them.

CAASA Steering Committee

  • Elizabeth Francis, Chair, Parks & Recreation Director
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Harriet Burak, Vice Chair, Community Member
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Charlie Doody, Fiscal Manager, Fire/Rescue Chief
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Janet Donnelly, Secretary, Community Member
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Kenneth Berkowitz, Chief of Police
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Jennifer Fischer-Mueller, Superintendent of Schools
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Cindy Bonner, Board of Health
    Term Expires: 2023

Past Programs

Social Host Liability Law and Your Community

Learn about Underage Drinking and COVID-19. As the current pandemic is causing a surge in favorable attitudes towards alcohol, availability and access to alcohol and other drugs, little sense of community, conflict, anxiety and depression; we're committed to addressing youth substance abuse in Stoughton, MA, and our surrounding communities.

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Protecting Teen Health

Local trends, signs of emotional distress and how to get help if you need it. This is a great one to watch with your teen. Presented by OASIS, the Stoughton Police Department and the Stoughton Youth Commission.

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Finding Your Motivation During Quarantine with Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall

This talk is for the whole family! Join Cross-Country Ski Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall as she shares practical tips for staying motivated that work for everyone!

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Managing Pain Safely with Dr. Dan Muse

Hear from Dr. Dan Muse on current trends/issues with opioids and alternatives for managing acute pain. Watch the video.

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Prevention. Intervention. Treatment. Recovery.

Monthly CAASA Meetings

Meetings are typically held on the third Monday of each month at 3:30 or 6:00 PM at the Canton Police Department or virtually using Zoom.

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