Oct 092014

In the four years since we received a Drug-Free Communities Grant, we have worked hard to make a better, safer community. On Monday, October 6, we were proud to present a list of just some of our accomplishments to the Sullivan County Commissioners.

Results

  • High school binge drinking has gone from a statewide high to an all-time low
  • 30-day marijuana and prescription drug use in high school students below state average
  • Reduction in excessive drinking among adults
  • Increase in parents talking with youth about alcohol and other drug use

Systems-Level Change

  • County-wide meetings to improve health curriculum and incorporate suicide prevention protocols in schools
  • Two fully funded positions at SAU 43 and three at SAU 6 for student supports
  • Programs that promote alcohol/drug free lifestyles and positive behaviors, including Life of an Athlete, at all school districts in region
  • Permanent take-back boxes in Claremont, Newport and New London in 2015
  • SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) initiative at Valley Regional Hospital to ensure every individual under 18 receiving treatment is screened for alcohol use and referred to a participating addiction counselor if necessary

Increasing Community Participation in Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Ongoing radio and newspaper appearances and advertisement focusing on prevention strategies and providing information
  • Joint project with Upper Valley Prevention and Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Planning Commission to increase proper prescription drug storage and disposal
  • County-wide meetings on criminal justice and prescription drug abuse
  • Ongoing youth prevention projects in Sunapee and Newport
  • Facebook presence increased by more than 200%, with posts regularly shared on media outlets. More than 130 mailing list subscribers
  • Presence at events from workplace health fairs to Newport Chamber Day
  • Newport school substance abuse prevention and mental health grants

If you would like to know more about what we’ve done or how you can be a part of our work, contact Liz at (603) 477-5565.

We’ve just updated our webpage with the latest information on “Spice” or “Smacked,” the synthetic drug that made many people in our state sick last month.

Here’s the latest information about this dangerous drug, which has lead to illness and death around the country.

We keep our website updated regularly with the latest information on new drugs and new drug trends, and tips on talking with your kids. Don’t forget to check us out when you have questions!

This article from The Daily Beast talks about Chiara de Blasio and Zac Efron, two young people who’ve recently gone public with their struggles with addiction. They’re not alone.

Studies show that most addicts, nationwide, first use their drug of choice in middle school. The seeds of addiction can be set very early. That’s why it’s important to talk early and often about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. We know that talking with kids helps them make good choices.

Here are some good ways to start.

http://www.easyread.drugabuse.gov/drug-free-children-teens.php

Learn how you can make a difference!

Prescription Pain Medication and YOU! from CATV 8/10 with Dr. Gilbert Fanciullo from DHMC.

Teen Suicide Prevention

Mental illness and alcohol and other drug abuse can be linked together. We can help.

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