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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.



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.


CAST is urging all households to purchase
a prescription medication lock box. Don¹t become an accidental drug dealer by allowing your children and visitors to your home to have access to potentially dangerous medications.  The vast majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs do so using the drugs they find in the medicine cabinets of their families, friends, and grandparents.
Lock Your Meds Today, and Help Us Have a Safer Tomorrow!

Click Here For More Information or to Make a Purchase.



© 2015
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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