Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention in East Central Vermont

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

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 The Collaborative with strategic support and implementation from partners across the region.

Partnership for Success

Parts of the White River Junction District have also been covered by a Partnership for Success grant that works to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, and prescription drug misuse in Windsor County. Health Connections of the Upper Valley works with the towns of Rochester, Bethel, Royalton, Sharon and White River Junction to promote municipal policy changes to limit public alcohol consumption, to place informational stickers at alcohol outlets, reminding people that it is against the law to provide alcohol for minors, and to promote safe storage and disposal of prescription medications. Health Connections also works with the Randolph Opiate Response Group to address heroin and prescription drug misuse in that community.

prescription drug 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 Vermont. A map that includes sites in neighboring New Hampshire can be found at Twin State Safe Meds.