The Power of Parents  "What parents may not realize is that children say parental disapproval of underage drinking is the key reason they have chosen not to drink." Source: Charles Curie, former Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Are you looking for a treatment center?
 Call the Treatment Center Locator Hotline: 1-800-662-4357 Toll Free Line. Open 24 hrs. They will assist you with locating treatment facilities in your area.

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Youth Networking Newsletter (2013)

Youth Networking Newsletter (2012)

Youth Networking Newsletter (2011)

Youth Networking Newsletter (2010)

Power of Parents (2010)

Alcohol Awareness Publication (April 2009)

Youth Networking Newsletter (2009)

Youth Networking Newsletter (2008)


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What's New?

Effective  July 1st,  we have a new name, a new office, new emails.

New name:  “Communities4Action”-  a name that reflects our values of working together and taking action!

New office:

680 Main Street  Ste 204

Stamford CT  06901


New emails:

Ingrid Gillespie, Director  Email:
Martha Coughlan, Project Assistant  Email:  New website:  It’s coming!

 New report from  The American Academy of Pediatrics and their position on marijuana -   Click here for the report.


Synthetic Drugs:

Definition of synthetic drugs
Synthetic drugs are those substances that are produced entirely from chemical reactions in a laboratory. Their chemical structure can be identical to naturally occurring drugs, such as cocaine and opium, but they are often designed to enhance effects from naturally occurring drugs, or to prevent side effects that are unwanted.

In the past, we have discussed synthetic drugs such as K2/Spice and bath salts (hallucinogenic) at our coalition meeting both of which are illegal to sell  in Connecticut.  

For information on  K2/Spice, please click on this link from the Dept of Consumer Protection (DCP).

 For information  on bath salts, click here:

 Here are 3 pieces of new  information:  
1. Link to CNN special that was shown again last night.  First aired Dec 1, 2014.

 2.Synthetic drugs: evidence that they can cause cancer

Almost weekly, a new synthetic psychoactive drug comes onto the market that can be ordered legally and easily, for example as an incense blend, via the Internet. Synthetic cannabinoids are difficult to identify chemically and the possible unwanted toxic effects that can occur following their consumption have so far barely been investigated. As part of the international EU project "SPICE II Plus", researchers have now also found evidence that synthetic substances damage the DNA of human cells and can therefore possibly have cancer-causing effects.

To read more, click here.


3. What Is Flakka? The New Designer Drug Is Apparently Even More Dangerous Than Bath Salts  ( I have not heard of this drug in this area)



Did You Know?

An open house can be the perfect opportunity to steal prescription medication. Individuals will pose as homebuyers, often in pairs. One will ask to use the restroom while the other distracts the realtor, then raids the medicine cabinet or drawers. Click here for Tips for Homeowners having an open house.


New Campaign

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign this week to prevent youth tobacco use and reduce the number of kids ages 12 to 17 who become regular smokers. "The Real Cost" campaign (click here) is the FDA's first of several planned tobacco education campaigns using the new authority granted under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Click here to Read More   Note: There are free downloadable fact sheets, posters and postcards on the Real Cost website.


2013 LFCRAC Publications:
1. Behavioral Health Services Resource List for Parents and Clinicians
Compliments of the LFCRAC SBIRT Committee

Behavioral Health Services in Lower Fairfield County
Click here to download the entire guide. Compliments of the LFCRAC SBIRT Committee


Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council (LFCRAC) Epidemiologic Profile of Substance Use, Suicide & Problem Gambling, January 2013. Click here to download the report. 

2. Regional Youth Newsletter-Learn about youth prevention initiatives.
Compliments of the LFCRAC Regional Youth Networking Committee
3. The Power of Parents-Second in LFCRAC publication series for parents Topic: Marijuana
Compliments of the LFCRAC Prevention Partnership Committee *Scroll down for the Power of Parents-Alcohol




Trends in Adolescent Substance Use and Perception of Risk from Substance Use, January 2013. Click on the link below.

Young Drinkers Ages 12 to 14 More Likely to Obtain Alcohol from Family or Home than Other Underage Drinkers. Click here to read the report.

60% of High School Students Report Drugs Are Used, Kept, or Sold in Their Schools. Click here to read the report.

Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults. Click here to read the report.

What's Not So New But Good To Review?


Parents of Teens' Friends Can Influence Substance Use 

The parents of teenagers' friends can have as much effect on teens' decisions about substance use as their own parents, a new study suggests.   Source: Join Together May 10th


Parents - For more information, please click on the Power of Parents brochures below; Compliments of LFCRAC Prevention Partnership Committee.


"Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain: Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adolescence.  That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable--and sometimes risky--teen behavior."  To watch a short video on the adolescent brain click here. Compliments of


Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets    
40 common sense positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.  (Click here to visit the Search Institute website for more information.)

LFCRAC offers presentations on "How to Be an Asset Builder" and "How to Share the Asset Message".  For more information, contact Ingrid at


A Message in a BottleMessage in a Bottle: Great local article about the risks of underage drinking. "In Fairfield County, substance abuse among the young has been worse than the national norm in two major ways,” says John Hamilton, a drug and alcohol consumption expert who heads the social services agency Regional Network of Programs in Shelton."  Click here to read the article.



Great You Tube Video (click to follow link)


"What parents may not realize is that children say parental disapproval of underage drinking is the key reason they
have chosen not to drink."
  Source: Charles Curie, former Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 
(Click on the brochure below to download the entire document.)


Resource for Older Adults (click on the flyer): 

               Alcohol and Medications                 Questions to Ask Doctor/Pharmacist


Collaborating to support healthy communities...

The Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council (LFCRAC) is a collaborative of dedicated representatives from a variety of sectors in lower Fairfield County.  Our mission is to serve our communities by being a catalyst for regional collaborations in order to strengthen local efforts to reduce substance misuse from youth through older adults, and including persons living with mental illness in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and New Canaan communities.


The Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council (LFCRAC) is one of 13 Connecticut Regional Action Councils (RACS) created by the state Legislature in 1989.  RACs are a collaborative venue to support local efforts to address substance abuse and misuse across the lifespan. 
Support involves identifying the gaps in services along the continuum which includes prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare and then developing the resources to address these gaps. 

RACs are neutral conveners and catalysts for collaborations to address the gaps, and they are also a place where members of different sectors and communities can share their knowledge, resources and other assets to address and prevent substance abuse.

For an overview of LFCRAC, including information on projects and initiatives, please contact us or see our brochure.    

What we can do for you...

In addition to facilitating regional collaborations to support local efforts, LFCRAC can also assist individual communities or groups with the following:

l Connecting to prevention and treatment services and resources
l Organizing presentations and training
l    Data collection (through surveys, focus groups, analysis of secondary
l    Organization and presentation of data
l     Identifying best practices in prevention and treatment
l    Program evaluation
l    Strategic planning
l    Legislative advocacy
l    Accessing research reports



We look forward to hearing from you!






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