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Join us at the Vermont State House in Montpelier to educate legislators about how substance abuse prevention works in your community and school. EVERYONE is invited to join to:

  • Visit the Vermont Capitol and observe the legislature in action;
  • Boost relationships with your legislators and explain to them how prevention makes a difference in VT;
  • Celebrate the 2019 Prevention Champions who will be awarded at the event;
  • Hear presentations about relevant prevention issues including; vaping, Juuling & e-cigarettes, advocacy, and a legislative update on prevention related bills
  • Network with other coalitions and youth doing similar work across Vermont.

~ More details about the specific agenda and timeline coming soon ~

Here are 3 ways you can help:

1. PW is looking for coalitions or prevention advocates interested in sharing their stories of prevention during the opening session and press conference that day – stories can be offered in person or via pre-recorded video. Please reach out to Lori Augustyniak at preventionworks@fairpoint.net.

2. Attend the event in person and bring people from your community working on prevention strategies!

3. Let us know you are coming! Sign up on Facebook Event and help us spread the word by inviting your contacts. We hope to see you there! 

 
 
Taxation and Regulation That Allows For Commercialization Is Not Good Prevention
This week, 15 prevention coalitions from across the state signed onto a public statement saying that Vermont’s prevention coalitions are opposed to the creation of a commercial system for retail sales of recreational marijuana and clearly want to refute statements that commercialization is needed to provide tax dollars for prevention services. The statement outlines that science and evidence – not special interests or corporations – must drive marijuana policy in Vermont to support healthy communities. 

“It is true that the prevention system in VT is under-funded and lacks necessary resources to implement effective strategies with enough frequency, intensity, and duration to adequately prevent substance abuse in our communities,” said Lori Augustyniak, Coordinator of Prevention Works! VT, “however, taxation and regulation that allows for commercialization is not good prevention.” Read the full statement here
 

Make sure your local library has a copy!
If you have not read the bestselling book Tell Your Children by former NY Times Journalist Alex Berenson yet, do it! It focuses on the strong link between cannabis use and psychosis and violence in a way that is not generally talked about. If you don’t have time for the full book, Alex gave speech at Hillsdale College that gives the highlights, read it here. We recommend your coalition purchase a copy for your local library today so that more people can have access to this important information.

Read the first 37 pages of Tell Your Children for free here!

 

Check out our new website 
Preventionworksvt.org has a new look! This month we launched Prevention Works VT!’s new website. This modern new site highlights the great work of substance abuse prevention coalitions around the state and ways we can all work together. 

It Has a Clearing House of Municipal Policy Examples
We are especially excited about our new page for a clearinghouse of municipal policies that can help improve health and well-being VT communities. Prevention Works Coordinator, Lori Augustyniak says,  “We want to ensure that all municipalities and reporters have quick and easy access to sample ordinances and policies that promote public health.” She says, “This is particularly important right now with the changing landscape in VT related to cannabis policy.”

Some VT towns have already pro-actively enacted controls on how and where marijuana might be sold and marketed in their towns. Weathersfield, VT created an ordinance that bans all tobacco and drug paraphernalia stores within a mile from schools, and within a 1,000 foot radius of another store. An ordinance in the City of Newport banned marijuana retailers and dispensaries altogether. Click here to check out examples under “Municipal Policies“! 

MONTHLY EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

Below we have provided pre-drafted content to help with your community education efforts this April. You will see a variety of formats your organization can use to educate your community and partners about the resources to help prevent youth drug and alcohol use. Just cut and paste the text that works best for your needs!  You do not need to attribute the content to Prevention Works! VT. Prevention works when we all work together!  

LONG POST (for blogs, websites, newsletters):

Do Your Part. Save the date for National Prescription Drug Take-back Day this April 27th!

Saturday, April 27th, 10am – 2pm

Go to takebackday.dea.gov to see a list of all disposal locations available in Vermont. Many drop off sites are open YEAR ROUND. Disposal is free and anonymous. 

Why should you properly dispose of or lock up unused or expired medications?

Prescription drugs are often strong medications, which is why they require a prescription in the first place. When abused, they can be just as dangerous as drugs that are made illegally. Every medication has some risk for harmful effects, sometimes serious ones. Doctors consider the potential benefits and risks to each patient before prescribing medications and take into account a lot of different factors – such as personal information, form and use of the drug and the side effects. Proper disposal of medication is important in protecting our children, community and the environment from prescription drug misuse.

In 2017, 10% of Vermont teens reported taking a pain reliever or stimulant not prescribed to them. So, what can you do to help? 

  • Get rid of expired medications
  • Securely store or lock up all medications
  • Monitor medication use in your home and never share your medications
  • Talk to your kids about the dangers of prescription drugs

The Vermont Department of Health now offers free medication mail-back envelopes!  Click here and scroll down to and click on “Free Prescription Medication Mail-Back Envelopes” to fill out the quick online form to get a mail-back envelope sent right to your home! 
For more information about locations in the county for ongoing medication disposal click here and scroll down for an interactive map of VT disposal sites. You can also dial 2-1-1 for locations.

Resources for more information:

VT Dept of Health Prescription Drug Disposal healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal
Medicine Abuse Project  drugfree.org/medicine-abuse-project
Chittenden Prevention Network   chittendenpreventionnetwork.com
ParentUP Vermont      Parentupvt.org
DEA    https://takebackday.dea.gov/

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MEDIUM POST (for Front Porch Forum, Newsletter highlights, Facebook)

Do Your Part. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27th, from 10 AM – 2 PM.

Bring your expired, unwanted or unused medications to your local disposal site! When you properly store and get rid of unused medications, you’re doing your part to keep Vermonters-and Vermont-healthy and safe. 

In 2017, 10% of Vermont teens reported taking a pain reliever or stimulant not prescribed to them. So, what can you do to help? 

  • Get rid of expired medications
  • Securely store or lock up all medications
  • Monitor medication use in your home and never share your medications
  • Talk to your kids about the dangers of prescription drugs

The Vermont Department of Health offers free medication mail-back envelopes!  Click here. For more information about locations in the county for ongoing medication disposal visit http://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal.

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SHORT POSTS (for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)

#1

Do your part to keep unsafe drugs in safe hands by bringing your unused or expired medications to local drop off sites on Saturday, April 27th, 10am – 2pm for safe disposal. No questions asked. Go to https://takebackday.dea.gov/  to find a disposal site near you!

#2
Unsecure medications can harm kids and pets. Flushing or tossing them in the trash hurts our waterways and wildlife. Do your part to help keep Vermont and Vermonters safe. Learn how at www.healthvermonter.gov/doyourpart  #DoYourPart

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#3
Approach securing your prescriptions the same way you would other valuables in your home, like jewelry or cash. Learn more about how you can Do Your Part: http://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal

#4
Find out 5 facts about opioids everyone needs to know http://overthedosevt.com/  #endmedicineabuse #overthedose 

#5
Anyone can become addicted and anyone can overdoes. Opioids are powerful drugs and affect people differently. Talk to your doctor and learn how to use your medication safely. For more info, visit www.healthvermont.gov/RxAware  #RxAware
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