Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA)

Mission

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.

About CAASA

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.

Upcoming Program

A Family Conversation about Race & Racism

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Presenter: Dr. Liza Talusan, an educator, speaker, leader, writer, life/leadership coach and parent. With over 22 years of experience in PreK-20 education, Liza is an engaging facilitator in conversations about diversity, antiracism, bias, privilege and power and creates environments that allow for people to discuss these difficult topics openly."

OASIS and The Town of Stoughton Substance Abuse Prevention Department are excited to announce this upcoming workshop, which is open for registration! Please join us as we engage together to have a discussion in this 60-minute interactive workshop.

We hope that you can join us for a virtual workshop as Dr. Liza Talusan explains how to begin to build skills and confidence to have these important conversations with your family in this interactive workshop. Participate by yourself, with a partner or with your family. The workshop is appropriate for children 10+ (with a parent/guardian). 

Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/2al47cws. If you have any questions, you can call 781-901-1050.

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.

Video on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBym8S6BNo8&t=42s

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.

Videos on Youtube:

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!

Video on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Az8N06LWPuk

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.

CAASA Steering Committee


  • Jennifer Fischer-Mueller, Chair, Superintendent of Schools
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Kenneth Berkowitz, Vice Chair,  Police Chief
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Charlie Doody, Treasurer, Fire/Rescue Chief
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Janet Donnelly, Secretary, Community Member
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Cindy Bonner, Public Health
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Elizabeth Francis, Parks & Recreation Director
    Term Expires: 2021
  • Harriet Burak, Community Member
    Term Expires: 2021
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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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