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What’s the environment got to do with substance use?
Individuals do not become involved with substances solely on the basis of personal characteristics.
They are influenced by a complex set of factors, such as:
When a comprehensive, multi-strategy effort is in place, coalitions contribute to making a difference for the entire community.
Today, there is ample evidence that proves well-conceived and implemented policies—local, state and national—can reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.
Grounded in the field of public health, environmental strategies offer well-accepted prevention approaches that coalitions use to change the environment in which substance use and abuse occur.
Examples of environmental strategies include:
For more information about environmental strategies and real examples of how environmental strategies are implemented click here.
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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