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
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.
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
We make local connections in the field of substance use, 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 misuse in the region over time.
We do this by:
- Partnering with municipalities to support Healthy Community Design and adopt health-promoting language in town plans.
- Supporting community efforts that create fair and just opportunities for health, especially for people who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage, historical injustice, and other avoidable systemic inequalities.
- Working with communities to increase understanding of how to impact risk and protective factors and prevent substance use disorder.
- Participating in or making suggestions for presentations on the topic of substance misuse prevention.
- Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework to our community efforts.
Our local 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 Northeast Prevention Coalition, based in St. Johnsbury and the 302Cares Coalition based in Wells River to promote prevention services throughout the area. Coalition 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.