Encouraging healthy behavior and decreasing substance abuse in our community.

How can you make a difference in the health of our communities?

How can we help youth avoid substance misuse?

CVNDC is expanding our team and our coalition!

CVNDC is Hiring:

Prevention Program Associate/Social Media positions

Bring your skills and experience in policy, prevention, and community organizing to the challenge of improving the health of our youth in Washington County. We are looking for prevention/community health and media/marketing professionals to join our team.
Part-time opportunities. Flexible hours. Potential for remote work. Email, text or call to learn more. Read more here.

Join our Coalition

We are looking for parents, community members, educators and youth to join our work in preventing substance misuse. We work with town leaders, retailers, law enforcement, schools, health care, social services and more to support our community’s health and future. Join us for monthly presentations, contribute to our advisory council, and/or support youth groups who help their peers make healthy choices. Email, text or call to learn more. Read more here.

CVNDC, serving Washington County, is one of the five community grant regions in Vermont included in the grant awarded to the Vermont Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
With this 2020 Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) Grant funding of $150,000 a year for five years, CVNDC is working with community partners to focus on reducing alcohol and cannabis use among youth ages 13-18 and young adults ages 18-25, with a special focus on preventing youth from starting to use at an early age and on Vermont’s highest needs groups including young adults and LGBTQ populations experiencing disparities related to substance use.


Last year Vermont’s legislature passed Act 164, which gives the residents of each town the power to decide if they want their city or town to “opt in” to allow retail cannabis (marijuana) establishments, as well as to allow “Integrated Licenses” (permission for a business to grow, lab-test their own product, distribute it, and have retail sales).
This is a lot for a town and voters to think about! Many people do not yet understand the impact of these decisions,” says Ann Gilbert, CVNDC’s program director.

Read more here, and here

— Here’s a fact sheet to share with your towns about retail cannabis.

— Read Act 164 for yourself: click here

— Be informed about the impacts of youth cannabis use. Watch Dr Lewis First and the February 3rd UVM Pediatric Grand Rounds- it’s a great starting place: Watch here!

— Section 863 of the law is confusing and could be clarified in this legislative session … notify your local representative here!

— Find many resources at https://preventionworksvermont.org/

— Check out Vermont’s Let’s Talk Cannabis campaign for adults or ParentUP to help parents of tweens and teens prevent youth marijuana and other substance use.



Fill out the quick online form to get a mail-back envelope sent right to your home from the Vermont Department of Health.

These envelopes are usually available at the Library and Senior Center. The National DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April is cancelled.

In order to keep households safe while kids are at home, this is a good time to get old and expired prescription medications out of the house with a free, postage-paid mail back envelope. Place prescription drugs (up to 8 ounces total) in the envelope and drop it in the mail for easy and safe incineration.

Everyone can do their part with these important practices: Lock up meds in the home, Monitor medicine use, and Safely dispose of expired or unused medications. Talk to your kids about the dangers of taking a medication that wasn’t prescribed to them. All this prevents misuse, poisonings, and addiction.


Your local stores can help your community be healthy! Here’s how. Check out our flyer about Point of Sale.

Vermont parents know it’s important to have conversations with their kids about alcohol and other drug use. But how? Watch video tips from Vermont parents on how to keep teens on the right track when it comes to alcohol and other drug use. http://parentupvt.org/media-center/videos/

See our Prevention Tips page for more tips for parents.

Keep Vermonters Healthy & Safe

with proper storage and disposal of prescriptions

Did you know?

More than half of people who misuse prescription medication get it from a friend or relative.

Do your part with these easy steps

Store medications in a lock box or locked medicine cabinet.

Drop off unused medication at a kiosk at your local pharmacy or police station.

Mail unused medication in a pre-paid envelope.

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

Barre Town Police Department: (802) 479-0508
149 Websterville Road, Websterville, VT
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Berlin Police Department: (802) 223-4401
108 Shed Road, Berlin VT
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

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

Kinney Drugs: (802) 476-6659
800 US Rt 302, Berlin, VT
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm; Sat: 9 am – 7 pm; Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Liquids accepted

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

Central VT Medical Center: (802) 371-4100
130 Fisher Road, Main Lobby, Berlin, Vermont 05602

Learn more in our prevention tips.

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