Media Resources

The places where people live, work and go to school can greatly influence the health of community members.  Local media professionals --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 Media Professionals Do to Support Drug-Free Communities?

  • Get informed about the scope of the substance use problem in your community.

Media professionals 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 below to see statistics for youth in your school district

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 organization about the substance use issues in the community. Coalition Map

  • Put your editorial muscle behind prevention in your community. Keep it high on the public agenda.
  • Recognize alcohol and tobacco licensees who regularly pass compliance checks and do not sell to minors.

-Click here to see results from compliance checks conducted by the VT Department of Liquor Control

-Click here to see if any stores in your town have had their license suspended

  • Implement strict policies that restrict advertising and promotion of alcohol or other drugs.  Including, but may not be limited to, sponsorship of events or depictions in publications.
  • Use your resources to educate youth and adults about the risks of drug abuse (including prescription misuse) and excessive drinking .
  • Support community efforts to prevent substance use and community activities that promote healthy behaviors – join your local community coalition or start one!   Coalition Map
  • Increase awareness on the proper storage and disposal of prescription medications.

If there is not a location near you, consider creating one in partnership with your local police department or Sheriff’s office.

  • Consider prevention strategies to minimize problems on high-risk holidays (for example New Years Eve, 4th of July and Halloween).  Some host substance-free events as an alternative and you could help by sponsoring or promoting the event.
  • Help secure additional funding sources to support your community’s prevention efforts—either by allocating funds from your organization or by promoting the importance of substance abuse prevention work to potential funders.
  • Develop opportunities for youth and volunteers to use your media outlet to promote activities              and educate about prevention of substance use. 

City Room with Steve Pappas

Current prEvents in the Times Argus