The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs provides a comprehensive approach to preventing and eliminating the problems caused by alcohol and other substance misuse and abuse through evidence-based programs at many levels.
Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Consultants work with community groups, schools, human service agencies, hospitals, law enforcement, parents, youth and others to improve the community’s health and reduce substance abuse. They offer five essential services:
- Community Organizing
- Program Planning & Consultation
- Presentations & Training
- Community Grants Information & Guidance
- Information & Referral
The Regional Prevention Partnerships provides five years of funding to our region. It is led by The Collaborative, a well-established prevention coalition that offers programs in the mountain towns, in partnership with implementing partners across the region. The goals of the Regional Prevention Partnership are to:
- Reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in people aged 12-20
- Reduce prescription drug misuse in people aged 12-25
- Reduce marijuana use in people aged 12-25
- Increase statewide and regional infrastructure to implement substance abuse prevention activities.
The Collaborative will bring together many community partners (e.g. Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT), United Counseling Service, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Bennington Police Department, Manchester Police Department, Turning Point Center, etc. , to identify community needs and reduce substance misuse and abuse amongst adolescents and young adults.
Prevention efforts by local coalitions have led to local policy changes, positive campaigns to change norms (implemented by ACT and students of Mount Anthony Union High Schoo)l and increasing school and community commitment to reducing substance misuse and abuse. Activities have included a campaign by the police department to recognize and reward positive adolescent behavior, and placing stickers on alcoholic beverages to inform buyers of penalties associated with providing alcohol to underage people. Ten schools and approximately 400 students are now participating in The Collaborative’s Refuse to Use prevention program.
Campaigns to promote the safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of prescription medications have been implemented by the Bennington County Prescription Drug Task Force. Medication can be safely disposed of 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at these sites:
The Task Force has increased awareness of the importance of safe disposal of prescription medications within Bennington County, which had the second highest amount of prescription medications collected during the last two National Take Back Days, and the highest amount of medication collected per person living in the county.