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Save the Date(s)!
Lamoille Valley Community Opiate Discussion: 
June 27th, 6-8, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center in Hyde Park
Prevention Awareness Day 2018:
Thursday, February 22nd, 10:00-2:00
President’s FY18 Budget: Ensuring a place for prevention
President Trump’s proposed FY2018 budget would cut 95 percent funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and eliminate the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, which coordinates local, state, and national efforts to reduce drug trafficking and has a $250 million annual budget. It would also cut the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, which funds community-based youth substance abuse prevention programs.

 

What to Do?
Click here for ways to make your voice heard before the July 4th recess and #protectprevention!

Other important prevention programs facing cuts include: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. For more specific figures, see CADCA’s overview here.

The budget would also cut from myriad other programs which, while not directly focused on substance abuse prevention, help to build protective factors by strengthening communities and preserving basic resources which, as we know, indirectly prevents ATOD abuse. Such programs include: community development block grants, the Weatherization Assistance Program, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and The National Endowment for the Arts, among others.

Graduations and Summer, Safely
Parents and students everywhere (high school or college-aged) are tired and ready to kick back for a relaxing summer now that graduation has most likely passed. Some parents may feel that their work is done, and that graduates can start to monitor themselves and start to celebrate in more adult ways. But parents can support their fledgling adults in their independence while still fostering a safe environment and using what continues to be their important and powerful influence.

Talk2Prevent, a New York state prevention organization, offers some creative tips for graduation season. Visit their page here for more details and to see examples of these concepts in action.

Helping everyone avoid substance misuse this summer can be as much about finding healthy activities to fill the time as it is about warning teens or others about the dangers of substances and impaired driving.

Summer camps and family trips are obviously a great option, but what if you’ve missed the boat for summer camps, don’t have the funds or parents have to work a lot?

Your local coalition is a great resource for a list of activities.

Many towns have a free summer concert series once a week.
Volunteering and community service can be a great way for students to pass time in the summer months and possibly even develop a lifetime hobby or career in the process. Consider local food shelves, senior centers or simply offering help around the house and yard to other community members.
Take a hike–hiking is free and there are so many trails to explore around the state

Prevention Paradigms: Addiction thrives when people and communities don’t
Prevention advocates everywhere have known for a long time that substance misuse doesn’t occur in a vacuum and that successful prevention is about much more than simply warning about the dangers of substances or restricting access to them (although these tactics have a place, too). Substance misuse is often a symptom of a larger problem whether that be within the family, community, or the macro environment of one’s country and current economic climate. More often, a combination of many factors can create the perfect storm for substance misuse to thrive.

Authors of Fighting despair offers a key way to stop opioid abuse state, “At its core, substance abuse is a health issue with roots in economic fairness and social justice. Only by addressing multiple drivers of the opioid epidemic — declining community conditions, inequitable systems, and harmful drug marketing and prescribing practices — can we get ahead of the epidemic, save lives, and lift up our communities.”
Inequity can play a role in Adverse Childhood Experiences–or ACES–as well, and we now know that ACES also have a strong relationship to substance abuse problems and that, failure to acknowledge these experiences, which could include abuse, poverty, loss, etc, can render substance abuse prevention efforts ineffective.
Prevention advocates must keep the bigger social context in mind. The good news is that this framework offers a way of looking at prevention that incorporates far more people and partners in many different ways. After all, in addition to specific strategies reducing the access to drugs and alcohol, prevention is ultimately about strengthening communities and engaging as many people as possible–health care, business, education, government, the retired population, and the list goes on–in helping all community members to be safe, healthy and purposeful at the personal, local and national level.
Stay tuned for PW!VT’s upcoming campaign about what prevention is…and what it isn’t!

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