Kathrin is your Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant. She works with community groups, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, parents and youth. The purpose of this work is to educate communities about the risks of alcohol and other drug use and to reduce misuse among youth, young adults and adults through:
- Community organizing
- Program planning and consultation
- Presentations and training
- Community grants information and guidance
- Information and referral
Regional Prevention Partnership
A major part of our work is seeking out federal funding to support programs that bring resources into our schools, workplaces, and community at large. In 2016, the St. Johnsbury Local Health Office received a Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) grant that provides five years of funding to our region with the following goals:
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.
Working collaboratively with Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, the RPP funds will go towards promoting prevention programs related to binge drinking, marijuana use, and the misuse of prescription medications. Strategies are in place to involve schools, first responders, and the community at large in an attempt to decrease the negative outcomes of these risk behaviors.
Collaborating in Our Community
Our prevention consultant works closely with the hospital and schools, and actively participates in Drug Abuse Resistance Team (DART) activities. We provide program planning, consultations, presentations and trainings to these groups, and have a wide variety of posters, brochures and information packets that we share with students, teachers and parents.
The St. Johnsbury Local Health Office works with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) coalition to promote prevention services throughout the area. ATOD staff work on community projects to promote prevention awareness with community partners, and its work is embedded in the various school systems within our district. The coalition works at the program and policy level and supports the many services offered by the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Smoking Cessation Program.
Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Other DrugsUsing alcohol and other drugs in early life can have a negative impact on your child’s health now, and later on by impacting proper brain development and creating other risks. You are their #1 influence. Parent Up Vermont to has tips on how to start and continue to have conversations with your children early and often, no matter how awkward.
Prescription Drug Disposal
Properly storing and getting rid of unused prescription medications protects your loved ones and the environment. Here are three easy steps:
- LOCK: Store your medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.
- DROP: Drop off unused medication at a kiosk or at your local pharmacy or police stations. Find a location in your area.
- MAIL: Mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope. Request a free mail-back envelope.
Treatment is Effective!
Treatment might look different depending on the level that you need. Find the type of treatment that is right for you or your loved one, what to expect, how soon you can get help and the treatment services specific to youth, people who are pregnant or breastfeeding and older adults on our Treatment Options page.
There is no wrong door to recovery. It is a life-long journey that is not always a straight line. Find recovery opportunities and supports in your area on our Recovery page.