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.

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