How Do I Help Prevent Alcohol or Drug Abuse?

Find community prevention resources

Our mission is to help Vermonters prevent and eliminate the problems caused by alcohol and other drug use. Located across the state are 12 local health offices with prevention staff who can answer your questions. If you’re looking for parenting classes, connections to community coalitions, or policy change guidance, we are there to assist you.

Find Local Resources

How do I find prevention services in my community's schools?

Many supervisory unions in Vermont have support through school-based substance abuse services grants for alcohol and other drug prevention programs to help students and their families.

How do I find help to talk to my child about drugs and alcohol?

Whether you’re looking for immediate help or if you’re just looking for information, visit Parent Up Vermont for tools to help.

How do I help prevent prescription drug abuse?

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Most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them from friends or family – often straight out of the medicine cabinet. Here are three steps you can take to ensure the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs:

  1. Safe Use – Only take medication prescribed to you by a doctor. Only use it in the prescribed dosage. And never share prescription drugs with friends or family.
  2. Safe Storage – Store prescription medication locked and out of reach of kids, family, and guests. Know where it is at all times. Keep it in its original bottle with its label.
  3. Safe Disposal – Most prescription drugs should NOT be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink. In Vermont, you can drop off your medications at a permanent disposal site. Local prescription drug take-back programs provide a safe way to dispose of medications. Proper disposal helps avoid harming water sources, wildlife, pets, and people.

To find a collection site, dial 2-1-1, or visit DEA.gov

Read FDA Drug Disposal Guidelines

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