Alcohol and Other Drug Use in East Central Vermont

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Claudia, Prevention Consultant Claudia 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

PREVENTION WORKS!

Community Organization Focuses on Preventing Alcohol and other Drug Use

Mount Ascutney Prevention Partnership (MAPP) provide coordination of prevention partnerships in your community. These partnerships aim to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug misuse and marijuana use by promoting municipal policy changes, providing opportunities for education and providing referrals to local resources.

Below are the community partners in your area. Contact them to find out what they do and how you can get involved!

Talking to Your Kids About Alcohol and Other Drugs

PARENT UP Using 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 has tips on how to start and continue to have conversations with your children early and often, no matter how awkward.
 

Prescription Drug Disposal

Do Your Part Properly storing and getting rid of unused prescription medications protects your loved ones and the environment. Here are three easy steps:

1. LOCK: Store your medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.
2. DROP: Drop off unused medication at a kiosk or at your local pharmacy or police stations. Find a location in your area.
3. 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 are a number of treatment options in your community. Find them, as well as answers to common questions you may have about treatment in the Chittenden County Resource Guide.

People Recover

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.

Local Highlights

MAPP brings together many community partners (e.g. Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Little Rivers Health Center in Bradford) to identify community needs and reduce substance misuse and abuse among youth and young adults across the district.

Prevention efforts through the RPP have led to local policy changes in several Northern Windsor County towns limiting substance use in public spaces.  RPP has funded middle and high school groups to attend the Getting to Y training, increasing school commitment to reducing substance misuse and abuse.  RPP partners have distributed prescription drug mail-back envelopes and displays throughout the district, as well as assist to make Drug Take Back Day successful.  To meet the need for accurate information about Marijuana, RPP efforts include sponsoring expert speakers and disseminating information.