Supporting strong family connections has helped to reduce alcohol and cannabis use among youth in Vermont. Family programs promote healthy family relationships and strengthen parenting skills to help prevent and address youth alcohol or other drug use.

Substance use can prevent proper brain development during a critical age and impact daily brain functioning. Helping your children make healthy choices is critically important.

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As parents, you are your kids' #1 influence.


Parent Up


The use of alcohol or drugs early in life can have a negative impact on physical and emotional health. Parent Up helps you talk with your children early and often, no matter how awkward the conversation. 

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Let's Talk Cannabis


You have a major impact on whether or not your child chooses to use cannabis. Parents and mentors have the opportunity to promote substance-free norms and prevent young people from using cannabis. Talk with your children early and often. 

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Contact Us
Substance Use Programs (DSU)

Vermont Department of Health

108 Cherry Street, Suite 207
Burlington, VT

[email protected]

Last Updated: March 20, 2023