Groton Alliance for Substance use Prevention (GASP)
Find Us @ Groton_Prevents
To promote community wellness through evidence-based prevention and health promotion strategies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is GASP a 501(c)(3)? We are a program of LLHD, a non-profit Unit of Government, not a 501(c)(3). GASP does not have our own non-profit status.
How is GASP funded? We are currently funded by Federal and State grants. They are mostly competitive grants and can range from 6 months to 5 years. We are currently funded by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (CT DMHAS) PCC Part B grant focused on Underage Drinking Prevention and SERAC’s Local Prevention Council Grant (per capita based) focused on Vaping Prevention.
How is GASP structured? GASP is Coordinated by one full-time LLHD Staff Person (grant requirement), and one part-time (10-15hrs) Youth Peer Advocate (grant requirement). Membership is free and voluntary. You can join GASP by just joining the E-mail Contact List.
National, State, and Local Mental Health Resource List
GASP Parent Prevention Pledge
Dr. Drew’s Cameo Shout out for GASP and Take it To The Box (2020)
GASP Event Highlights
- Vaping Prevention Event (2020)
- Suicide Prevention “Talk Saves Lives” (2021)
- Resiliency with Nan Henderson (2021)
- Dr. White: Teens, Stress, Coping and Alcohol (2023)
- GASP Live presents Katie Ziskind: Parenting for Prevention
GASP Sponsored Youth-Led PSA’s
- Vaping Awareness and Prevention (Grasso Tech Digital Media) 2023
- Mental Health Awareness (Grasso Tech Digital Media) 2022
- Cope with Hope (Grasso Tech Digital Media) 2022
- Take it To The Box (Grasso Tech Digital Media) 2021
GASP was formed in July 1999 to address substance abuse in our community among our youth population (12-20 years of age). The coalition represents a collaboration of several dedicated local agencies, parents, teens, and other interested community members:
GASP is funded by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and SERAC.
Become a Member
Become a member of the Groton Alliance for Substance Use Prevention! Make a difference in the lives of Groton youth. Contact Carolyn Wilson at 860-446-3062 or email@example.com for more information.
Delaying Alcohol Use Onset
- We Need to Delay the Age of Onset of Alcohol Consumption
- Prevention 101: Delay the Onset of First Use
- Why 21? NEW!
- Alcohol Excessive Consumption: Enhanced Enforcement of Laws Prohibiting Sales to Minors
- Underage Drinking Facts
- Sensitive Periods for Adolescent Alcohol Use Initiation: Predicting the Lifetime Occurrence and Chronicity of Alcohol Problems in Adulthood
Tips for Keeping Your Teen’s Party Alcohol-Free
- Work with your teen on a guest list ahead of time and set a limit on the number of attendees.
- Ask teens to leave purses or backpacks in locked cars or at the front door. Discourage teens from going back and forth from your home to their cars.
- Lock up any alcohol in your home
- Provide plenty to keep them entertained. Use TV, swimming pool, video games, karaoke machines, etc.
- Provide plenty of space for them to hang out comfortably where you can see them but not hover over them.
- Do not use a punch bowl or pitcher.
- Monitor behavior by circulating your home and interacting with teens.
- Never let a teen you believe to be impaired drive home.
For more information, visit bethewall.org
- National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
- Monitoring The Future
- Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use
- Cash from cannabis companies creates conflicted researchers
- Review Investigates Adverse Effects of Cannabidiol
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System-YRBSS Results
- GASP Timeline
- 2021 Year in Review
- 2020 Year in Review
- 2019 Year in Review
- 2018 Year in Review
- 2019 Info Brief
- Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse Brochure
- Safeguard Your Medicine & Know What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet
- Preventing Teen Cough Medicine Abuse Fact Sheet
- Recovery Works: Get Your Business on the Road to Recovery
- A Guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
- Cannabis: The Current State of Affairs
- A Guide for Alcohol Delivery and Carry Out
- SAMHSA: Marijuana Resources