Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention in Windham County

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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

The Regional Prevention Partnerships grant provides funding to our region and is led by Youth Services of Windham County. Strategies will be implemented with partners from across our county. 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.

Local Prevention Work

In addition to the Regional Prevention Partnership grant, we provide technical assistance, education and support to five prevention coalitions that serve Windham County and receive local, state and federal funds. We deeply value our relationship with these partners in this important community work.

We collaborate with prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services on local projects, including Syringe Support Services, a new initiative through the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont. 

We provide education on substance abuse prevention to other social service agencies, both within and beyond state government. For example, we recently sponsored a Bridges Out of Poverty Training for social service agencies, particularly those who serve youth and provide child care services. We have also worked with other state agencies to provide education on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and stigma around addiction. We share our Youth Risk Behavior Survey with businesses, law enforcement, parents, schools and others in order to keep the community informed of advances we are making in the field of alcohol and drug misuse and abuse prevention.

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 your area.