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The places where people live, work and go to school can greatly influence the health of community members. Local decision-makers — 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 Elected Officials Do to Support Drug-Free Communities?
Elected officials 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/2013/district_results.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 board or commission about the substance use issues in the community. View Coalition Map
Click here to see results from compliance checks conducted by the VT Department of Liquor Control http://liquorcontrol.vermont.gov/enforcement/compliance
Click here to see if any stores in your town have had their license suspended http://liquorcontrol.vermont.gov/enforcement/suspendedlicenses
If there is not a location near you, consider creating one in partnership with your local police department or Sheriff’s office.
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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