SPOTLIGHT: Jamestown, NY Affiliate’s Opioid Prevention Program


  Recently, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced distribution of $25 million in federal funding to address the opioid crisis in New York State. The Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) in Jamestown, NY was one of the award recipients and will receive $100,000 to provide evidence-based prevention programs to underserved, hard-to-reach youth, and other at-risk populations in the City of Dunkirk. CASAC has established a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County and the Salvation Army’s After School Programs. Youth and adults will have the opportunity to engage in the “Too Good” evidence-based after school program. This program focuses on prevention education through social and emotional learning, empowering youth and teens with skills needed for academic, social and life successes. Elementary and middle school students will engage in positive, engaging, age-appropriate activities including games, stories and songs. The program reinforces basic prevention concepts, including...

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Chautauqua Council Launches Overdose Prevention Effort


Throughout the month of August, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) will be promoting its “Friends Take Care of Friends” overdose prevention campaign. In support of that campaign, we all need to be educated on what an overdose is, how it happens, and what we all can do. Opioid overdose has contributed significantly to accidental deaths among those who use or misuse illicit and prescription opioids. Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription medications used to treat pain. Opioids work by binding to specific receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. In doing so, they minimize the body’s perception of pain. However, stimulating the opioid receptors or “reward centers” in the brain can also trigger other systems of the body, such as those responsible for regulating mood, breathing, and blood pressure. A variety of effects can occur after a person takes opioids, ranging from...

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Hope & Healing for Chautauqua


A day of presentations, speakers and addiction resources for the community was held on May 16, 2017 at the Chautauqua Suites in Mayville, NY. The event was open to the public and free of charge. Speakers included Vince Horrigan, County Executive, Christine Schuyler, BSN, RN, MHA, Chautauqua County Director of Health & Human Services (Commissioner of Social Services/Public Health Director), Andrew O'Brien, CASAC, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Director, Chemical Dependency and Outpatient Mental Health, Keynote: Rodney Wambeam, PhD "Boomers, Xers and Millennials: How New Research on Generations Can Inform the Future of Prevention", Level Up Talks - Micro presentations about Prevention, Treatment & Recovery ideas with the potential to "level up" hope and healing in Chautauqua County! Morning and Afternoon Breakout Session topics were: HOPE Youth Empowerment Program for Youth Advocacy-Laurie Reynolds & Tracy Jespersen, Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council; Planning and Evaluating Environmental Prevention Efforts, Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D.; Success in...

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