Get help now:
- In an emergency, call 911 or seek medical attention immediately.
- Access substance abuse services.
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 Grant
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. The partnerships that serve Washington County are led by the Washington County Youth Services Bureau with strategic support from Central Vermont New Directions Coalition and partners across the region.
Regional Prevention Partnerships work on initiatives to encourage healthy behavior and decrease substance abuse in our community:
Current prEvents is a monthly aricle in the Times Argus to increase community awareness about issues related to substance abuse prevention.
Guiding Good Choices is a parenting program that aims to prevent substance abuse among teens by teaching parents the skills they need to improve family communication and family bonding.
The Washington County Regional Prevention Partnership has joined forces with local retailers to ensure that their staff are well-trained and compliant in responsible beverage service.
The Randolph Opiate Response Team was formed in September 2015, coming about because of the local opiate crisis. The Barre Local Health Prevention Consultant is helping to facilitate a process for them to determine next steps.
The Washington County Opiate Addition Work Group offers a website for resources and information for people seeking help for themselves and for their loved ones. The work group is made up of over 50 volunteers, including representation from schools, organizations supporting health and recovery, and government services. The work group is working with the Montpelier Police Department and Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services to start “Project Safe Catch,” which would allow police officers to offer treatment to individuals who are struggling with addiction rather than arresting them.
Prescription Drug Abuse Disposal
Safe disposal of expired or unneeded prescription drugs can prevent them from being misused. To safely dispose of old or unused medicines, drug disposal drop boxes are located at: