Substance Abuse Prevention in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties

We work to maximize the health of people in our community and assist groups in developing strategic plans that address substance abuse and mental health issues. We have worked with the recovery community to increase opportunities for recovery by providing access to resources such as housing, banking and childcare, since these client-identified issues affect being able to find stability and maintain recovery.

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

This work in our community includes:

  • Partnering with local police on underage drinking
  • Helping schools create a culture that provides the best opportunity for kids to have a positive and successful school experience. We support mental health first aid training for youth. There are four local schools involved in the Substance Abuse Prevention grant, which supports access to substance abuse professionals.
  • Using the Building Bright Futures framework to promote opportunities for family stability and family education
  • Participation in the Missisquoi Valley Union High School Wellness Day
  • Efforts in Swanton to create access to the full spectrum of care, from prevention to recovery support

Regional Prevention Partnerships 

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. Partnerships in our region are led by Franklin County Caring Communities with strategic support from implementing partners across the region. The goals of the funding are:
  1. Reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in people aged 12-20
  2. Reduce prescription drug misuse in people aged 12-25
  3. Reduce marijuana use in people aged 12-25
  4. Increase statewide and regional infrastructure to implement substance abuse prevention activities.

Medication 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.