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On April 10th the Health Department launched an expanded, enhanced ParentUp website, http://parentupvt.org/, a resource developed to help Vermont parents equip their middle- and high-school aged children for life’s challenges.
This new site offers education and prevention resources on alcohol awareness and other drug use as well as mental illness.
The new ParentUp site also provides tips and tools for all parents to help build a positive foundation for their children. Research shows that the kids most likely to develop healthy behaviors and emotions draw off of a collection of positive values, experiences, relationships, and qualities. ParentUp also includes resources for parents who feel their children need help immediately.
Parents across the state of Vermont provided feedback during the development of the new site.
ParentUp’s resources complement Central Vermont New Direction Coalition’s mission of encouraging healthy behavior and decreasing substance abuse in our community. This community prevention coalition raises community awareness in collaboration with the Washington County Partnership for Success and the Vermont Department of Health.
Youth report that parents have the most influence on their substance use decisions. Parents are encouraged to set family guidelines and let their kids know the rules and their disapproval around underage drinking and risky behavior. In fact, the key reason kids give for not drinking is that they don’t want to disappoint their parents. Working together with parents, Central Vermont New Directions Coalition is making strides towards decreasing underage drinking and strengthening family bonds.
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
Barre City Police Department: (802) 476-6613
15 Fourth Street, Barre, VT
Learn more in our prevention tips.
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