Prevention is Possible
Research has proven that a broad mix of evidence-based programs can prevent substance abuse & promote mental health.
We are a network of coalitions and community groups across the state of Vermont working to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use, marijuana and other drug use, underage drinking and high-risk drinking, especially among youth and young adults.
Prevention Can Reduce Costs
Substance abuse is among the most costly health problems in the United States. Among national estimates of the costs of illness for 33 diseases and conditions, alcohol ranked second, tobacco ranked sixth, and drug disorders ranked seventh . Programs designed to prevent substance abuse can reduce these costs.
(National Institutes of Health [NIH], 2000)
Prevention Begins with Parents
Teens who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50 percent less likely to use drugs.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, ATTITUDE TRACKING STUDY, Released: May 2, 2012
Prevention Starts Early
It is a fact that teens’ brains are still developing and are more easily harmed by drugs and alcohol than adult brains; therefore, it is important to keep children from using drugs or alcohol, especially before the age of 18.
What is Prevention?
When we talk about prevention we usually mean implementing strategies, programs and policies that:
- Strengthen norms that support a drug free life,
- Decrease access to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs, and
- Delay age of first use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana for as long as possible.
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On April 17, Prevention Works! VT was invited to give testimony to the House Government Operations Committee about S.54, a bill to commercialize marijuana sales in Vermont. As follow up to that testimony, which emphasized that science and evidence – not special...read more
Can I use marijuana in Vermont?
This guide provides information regarding Act 86, a Vermont bill that pertains only to Vermont and has no bearing on federal law.
You need not start from scratch. These model policies provide municipal leaders & coalitions with language and procedures for addressing substance use issue in communities.. These policies can help balance local commercial interests interests with the health and well-being of residents.
Community engagement is a huge component of prevention efforts. These activities do more than simply occupy the time of at-risk communities, the sow the seeds of genuine local culture; they bring people together in fellowship and purpose.
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