Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Consultants work with community groups, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, parents, youth and others to strengthen the community’s health and decrease substance abuse. They offer five essential services:
- Community Organizing
- Program Planning & Consultation
- Presentations & Training
- Community Grants Information & Guidance
- Information & Referral
We make local connections in the field of substance abuse, with partners and projects ranging from prevention to treatment and recovery. Engaging those partners varies from bringing information and data to a single meeting to collaborating on long term projects which aim to prevent and reduce substance abuse in the region over time.
We do this by:
- Participating in the Camels Hump Middle School PROSPER partnership. This program delivers evidence-based programs to a families and youth to bring about positive community-wide change.
- Participating on the Howard Center Substance Abuse Advisory Board. This board connects community partners’ perspective to related Howard Center programing.
- Supporting the work of the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County. This organization provides supports to those at the starting point on the path to recovery as well as those in long term recovery.
- Working with organizations to increase understanding around addiction for specific populations.
- Participating on or making suggestions for panel discussions on the topic of substance abuse.
- Partnering with municipalities to adopt health-promoting language in town plans.
Regional Prevention Partnerships Grant
Regional Prevention Partnerships across Vermont aim to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug misuse and marijuana use in Vermonters ages 12-25. The partnerships also aim to increase statewide and regional infrastructure to implement substance abuse prevention activities throughout Vermont.
Regional Prevention Partnerships in our area are led by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Strategies will be implemented with partners across the region, such as law enforcement and members of the Chittenden Prevention Network. The Chittenden Prevention Network is a collaboration of five substance abuse prevention coalitions.
Prescription Drug Disposal
Most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family – often straight out of the medicine cabinet. By ensuring the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs, you can help make sure drugs don't get into the wrong hands, or pollute our waterways and wildlife.
The Department of Health coordinates a prescription drug disposal system to connect Vermonters with permanent disposal sites near them, like pharmacies and police stations. Find prescription drug disposal options in your area.