Preventing Opioid Abuse & Addiction

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Everyone has a part to play in preventing opioid abuse and addiction. When we deliver a health curriculum, conduct screenings, run a school or teen program proven to promote mental health and reduce substance abuse, when we mentor, provide family education support groups or work to change conditions in the community – we are doing our part to prevent opioid addiction. Read the June 2014 Brief: Preventing Opioid Abuse  Read the June 2014 Brief: What Communities Can Do

The Health Department has been working to reduce the risks that contribute to addiction while promoting healthy lifestyles and communities, through:

  • community education and awareness, parenting programs and youth leadership opportunities
  • community partnerships supported with grants and regional prevention consultants
  • prescription drug take-back days 
  • parenting and family resources such as ParentUp and Vermont's Most Dangerous Leftovers

Learn more about community prevention programs  

Learn more about family and parenting programs