WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

P-CASA’s mission is simple but powerful – we want to stop alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among Paterson’s youth through outreach, education, community empowerment,
and collaboration.

HOW ARE WE CHANGING LIVES?

Since 2011, P-CASA has worked with and within the Paterson community to eliminate underage drinking, tobacco, and substance use—and to reduce the negative outcomes of these behaviors.

The cornerstone of our efforts is strong partnerships with the people of Paterson—students, parents, civic associations, faith-based organizations, schools, social service agencies, law enforcement, and media. With the help of this influential in-city network, P-CASA is moving Paterson toward positive outcomes.

AREAS OF FOCUS

ALCOHOL

Since 2011, P-CASA has worked with and within the Paterson community to eliminate underage drinking, tobacco, and substance use—and to reduce the negative outcomes of these behaviors.

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MARIJUANA

There is no doubt that marijuana is more accepted and accessible than ever. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that marijuana is now the most commonly used drug among teenagers and adolescents in the United States.

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HEROIN and OPIOIDS

As a part of our efforts to understand and reduce the use of opioids in Paterson, P-CASA collected local level data to assess the impact of prescription drug use among Paterson youth.

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TOBACCO, HOOKAHS & ECIGS

Consider the fact that Paterson has more than 300 stores selling tobacco-related products (80 in the 1st Ward alone!), and it’s no wonder our city’s high school students use tobacco more and more as time passes.

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