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The places where people live, work and go to school can greatly influence the health of community members. Health care providers—working alongside residents, community coalitions, businesses and other leaders—can make their communities healthier by addressing substance use issues and advocating for strong prevention programs in their communities and schools.
What Can Education Professionals Do to Support Drug-Free Communities?
Educators are well aware of the problems that confront their communities, but may not be familiar with how alcohol and other drug use effects local residents.
Click here to see statistics for youth in your school district http://healthvermont.gov/research/yrbs/2015/index.aspx
Find statistics for adults in your region/community:
Information on risk behaviors in Vermont including alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system. Reported by each Health Department District Office region.
Substance Abuse Treatment data for all ages, gender, county & substances
Your local community coalition or Prevention Consultant can present to your school or organization about the substance use issues in the community. Link to Coalition Map
- Some organizations include articles and notices in organization newsletters, on partner websites and in advertising.
An ounce of prevention is … a lot of work and the best prevention is early and evidence-based.
Effective alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention programs:
Click here for more information on evidence-based prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
School Prevention Resource List:
This 2015 report to the VT Legislature summarizes the elements of a school-based substance abuse prevention program, and Vermont’s school quality standards for health education related to this topic area.
School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth
Strategies for school personnel and others to use in helping students' feel more connected to their school and promoting healthy behaviors.
VADIC provides communities with informational resources pertaining to substance abuse and at-risk issues. VADIC is a grant-funded program, and its services are free for Vermonters. Request materials online or Toll-Free: 1 (800) 769-2798.
Find the latest science-based information about the health effects and consequences of drug abuse and addiction and resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health. http://www.drugabuse.gov/parents-educators
Commonly Abused Drugs and their Health Risks
Drugs That People Abuse – easy to read
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) provides a wide variety of publications and resources to help with reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness. http://store.samhsa.gov/
Marijuana Abuse – Explores the latest research on marijuana, including the scope of marijuana use in the U.S., health consequences, its effects on every-day activities, available treatments.
Prevention Resources for Pre-school age students
Why is early childhood important to substance abuse prevention? Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-substance-abuse-prevention-early-childhood/index
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future is an early childhood substance abuse prevention program developed by SAMHSA to educate parents and caregivers about the basics of prevention to promote healthy lifestyles.
What to say to a 2-4 year old
Prevention Resources for Elementary age students
This website hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers free resources for teachers http://www.drugabuse.gov/free-resources-teachers-elementary-school
What to say to a 5-8 year old
What to say to a 9-12 year old
Prevention Resources for Middle School age students
Why Do Teens Act This Way? http://www.drugfree.org/why-do-teens-act-this-way/ A four-minute video on adolescent brain development
What to say to a 13-15 year old
Transitions: The first year of middle school. Tips for guiding youth through middle school.
VADIC provides communities with informational resources pertaining to substance abuse and at-risk issues. VADIC is a grant-funded program, and its services are free for Vermonters. www.vadic.org
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