People who began using addictive substances before age 15 are 6 1/2 times likelier to become addicted than those who delay first use until age 21 or older.
CASAColumbia. (2011). Adolescent substance use: America's #1 public health problem.
The mission of Prevention Works! VT is to build a unified statewide voice for substance abuse prevention. PW!VT members are a diverse group of community coalition leaders and members, prevention specialists, service providers, and individuals with an interest in and a commitment to substance abuse prevention.
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In 2013, Prevention Works! VT initiated the Prevention Champion awards to highlight the extraordinary professionals and volunteers who contribute to the success of Vermont’s prevention coalitions.
Vermont community coalitions work with concerned citizens from all walks of life who care about reducing alcohol and other drug misuse in their community.
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