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Community Council Against Substance Abuse (CCASA)

Community Council Against Substance Abuse

The Community Council Against Substance Abuse (CCASA), is comprised of 12 sectors being represented: youth, parents, business, media, school, youth serving organizations, religious/fraternal organizations, civic/volunteer groups, healthcare professional, state/local government, law enforcement, and organizations involved in reducing substance abuse. CCASA serves as a link between various community groups and county leaders and provides a clearinghouse and resource for relevant agencies and interested residents. The workgroup’s mission shall be to increase participation and encourage coordination among all organizations that are committed to reducing youth substance abuse in Marion County.

Working together to reduce the impact of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs on our youth.







The first Heroin/Opioid Task Force meeting was held May 4, 2017 with more than 100 in attendance. The Task Force was created in response to the 74 deaths in Marion County in 2016. Currently the Task Force has 4 subcommittees:

1)    Education/Prevention

2)    Law enforcement

3)    Medical

4)    Treatment

Task force is responsible for community education on current data, signs and symptoms of heroin use, overdose deaths, prevention resources and treatment options.

Please consider getting involved to combat the the heroin/opioid epidemic in Marion County by joining one of the subcommittees or task force.  Task force meetings are held quarterly and subcommittee meetings are held monthly. For meeting dates visit



Marion County Heroin/Opioid Resource Guide



Our Initiatives

Natural High – Natural High promotes the message that most teens do not need to get artificially high to have a good time. In addition, it helps youth discover, amplify, and pursue their own natural highs i.e. sports, music, poetry so that they have a reason to say no to an artificial high.

Friday Night Done Right No Alcohol. No Dope - campaign that promotes the message that teens do not need to drink and use drugs in order to have a good time on a Friday Night.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) – SADD Clubs are peer leadership organizations in middle and high schools dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and suicide.

Red Ribbon Week – National effort where schools and organizations raise awareness in the community about drug abuse October 23rd – 31st.

Know the Law – educational program on alcohol and other drug laws, i.e. breaking the law, rules, regulations, etc.

You Are Not Alone - A Youth Mental Health campaign that focuses on teen depression. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens.

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most – public awareness program educating communities and parents about the risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.

Drive for Life - DFL is a student led program at North Marion High School focusing on educating students about the 3 D’s of driving (distracted, drugged and drunk).

No One's House - No One's House is a parent-to-parent campaign that works to reduce the amount of parents in a community who are providing teens with alcohol and/or allowing teens to drink in their homes. By pledging, you agree that you will not provide teens alcohol and will not willingly allow teens to drink alcohol at your home.   CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PLEDGE!


Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. For more information, visit

Youth Mental Health Classes  Adult Mental Health Class



Get Involved


By attending our workgroup meetings. Meetings are typically held the 3rd Monday of each month at noon in the Ocala Police Department Community Room located at 402 S. Pine Ave.; Ocala, Fl. 34471. No meeting will be held in January due to Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

For more information, to donate or sponsorship opportunities, contact Nancy Castillo at 352-438-5992 or via email at

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MCCA - Marion County Children's Alliance

CCASA - Community Council Against Substance Abuse

SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions



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Nancy Castillo
Prevention Coordinator
Phone: (352) 438-5992

Hillary Jackson
Prevention Specialist
Phone: (352) 438-5990


Topic: Marchman Act (1993) - Provides for the involuntary or voluntary assessment and stabilization of a person abusing alcohol and other drugs.

Speaker: Alina Stoothoff,
Marion County Drug Court Manager for 5th Judicial Circuit

Date:  October 3, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Ocala Police Department, 402 South Pine Avenue 34471

ocala recovery fest at
tuscawilla park

Rescheduled for Oct 14


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CCASA Drug Free Pledge
I pledge to lead the way by:

Living a drug-free life.

Showing my friends that a drug and alcohol free life is more fun.

Learning more about how drugs and alcohol really harm people.

Telling the people the truth about harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.

Working with others to help spread the truth about drugs and alcohol so together we create a drug-free community in Marion County.