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The first and obvious answer to WHY do Prevention is: the health of a community is only as strong as the health of its individuals, and we care about one another. As this website puts it, "we depend on one another for good health and wellness."
Cost Benefit studies indicate that $1 spent on substance abuse prevention can result in $10 of long-term savings. Read cost/benefit reports here and read about the cost of underage drinking specifically in Vermont here.
The positive outcomes from successful substance abuse prevention efforts are many.
Fewer drug abuse-related emergency room visits,
Improved job stability,
Fewer unemployment episodes,
Lower rates of violent crime,
Prevention of DUI injuries to others,
Better family interaction,
Reduced juvenile delinquency,
Fewer incidents of family violence,
Improved school attendance and academic achievement, and
Better health outcomes.
Source: CASAColumbia. (2009). Shoveling up II: The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets.
Science-validated substance abuse prevention programs, if properly implemented by schools and communities, can reduce substance abuse.
These (science-validated) programs work to boost protective factors and eliminate or reduce risk factors for drug use.
Also demonstrating success are environmental strategies - those prevention efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, systems and policies. For example, research shows that sales to underage youth are higher in communities where a responsible beverage service training program is not in place.
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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