Encouraging healthy behavior and decreasing substance abuse in our community.


HOLIDAY TIPS FOR PARENTS:

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The holiday season is upon us and with it come celebrations.  As college students are coming home on break and high school students are headed to holiday parties, here are some reminders for parents to help their kids make safe choices.

HAVE A CONVERSATION

  • Talk about the expectations and rules for being at home & going out.
  • Communicate with other parents to share concerns about gatherings parties and transportation.

HAVE A PLAN
Know who’s driving and where kids will be. Set a time to be home of check in. Wait up.

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HAVE CONSEQUENCES
Go over the expectations ahead of time and follow up on the consequences you have come up with if agreements are broken.

DON’T SUPPLY ALCOHOL TO YOUTH

      • The legal drinking age is 21, even in your own home. Vermont has Social Hosting Laws that are strict.
      • Enabling underage drinking is dangerous, sends the wrong message, and is illegal.
      • Adults can be fined up to $2,000 or go to prison for 2 years for selling or giving alcohol to a minor.
      • Allowing drinking in your home, even if you take away car keys, does not make underage drinking safe.
      • One-third of underage drinking deaths involve auto crashes. The remaining two-thirds involve alcohol poisoning, homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries such as burns, drownings, and falls.
      • Underage drinking can lead to risky behavior, poor decision making, sexual assaults, and violence.

HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE     For more tips, visit: http://bit.ly/monitorteens 

Here are some tips to help you talk to your students – of all ages – about drugs and alcohol. To help guide the conversation, SAMHSA has created two free resources:

          • The Sound of Your Voice is a short animated video that encourages parents to talk with their young adults about the potential consequences of underage alcohol use.
          • Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol is a companion guide that emphasizes the continuing influence parents have over alcohol use decisions by their older children. This short guide offers tips on when and how to have the conversation.

SAMHSA encourages parents to view and use these resources and to share them with fellow parents. High school and college administrators can help by displaying the materials during Parent–Teacher Association meetings, college tours, and other events involving college-bound students and parents.

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Prescription Drugs

Safely store and throw away unused or expired medicine. It prevents misuse.

Here are three steps you can take to ensure the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs.

1. SAFE USE
Only take medication prescribed to you by a doctor. Only use it in the prescribed dosage. And never share prescription drugs with friends and family.

2. SAFE STORAGE
Store prescription medication locked and out of reach of kids, family, and guests. Know where it is at all times. Keep it in its original bottle with its label.

3. SAFE DISPOSAL
Most Prescription drugs should NOT be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink. In Vermont, you can drop off your medications at a permanent disposal site. Proper disposal helps avoid harming water sources, wildlife, pets, and people.

Drop off medications at these local permanent disposal sites:

Washington County Sheriff’s Department: (802) 223-3001
10 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT
Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Montpelier Police Department: (802) 223-3445
1 Pitkin Court, Montpelier, VT
7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Barre City Police Department: (802) 476-6613
15 Fourth Street, Barre, VT
7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Northfield Police Department: (802) 485-9181
110 Wall Street, Northfield, VT
Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm or by appointment

Kinney Drugs: (802) 244-8458
80 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-7 pm; Saturday 8:30 am-5 pm and Sunday 9 am-3 pm


You can also drop off prescription drugs for safe disposal:

Kinney Drugs: (802) 476-6659
800 US Rt 302, Berlin, VT
The last weekend of the month, Friday night until 8:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am-7 pm and Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm

Learn more in our prevention tips.


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