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PARUP_SUPPORTER_BUTTONVisit our facebook page or our calendar to see what else is going on in the coming weeks.

Looking for information on Watershed Mentoring? Visit our page.

Caring Communities’ Green Up Day tally sheet is available here.

If you are looking for information on effective policies that support prevention, please download our document, Addressing Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse in Franklin County.

Is Vermont really ready for legalized marijuana? Check out this report on the impact of marijuana legalization and commercialization.

Parents, “Safe Homes Parent Network” is a way for you to connect, support one another, and keep kids safe and substance free across Franklin County.   We’re inviting parents to sign on to the following:Safe-Homes-Parent-Network-Color-Logo

  • I will actively supervise all gatherings of youth in our home or on our property, or ask another responsible adult for help to do so.
  • I will not allow the possession of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by youth in our home or on our property.
  • I will set expectations for my children by knowing where they are going, whom they are with, what they are doing, and when they are to return home.

Are you interested in joining the Safe Home Parent Network? Click here for more information.

Check out ParentUp for tips on recognizing substance use in teens, talking to your kids and teens about underage drinking and aamother drug use, and preparing them for safe, fun, substance free parties and events.

Looking to get more involved in County-wide prevention and positive youth development? Consider becoming a mentor or joining our board. We all benefit when our members take an active role in guiding our coalition’s prevention initiatives.  Contact Beth 527-5049 x 1 or beth@fcccp.org for more information.

Caring Communities is a proud supporter of Front Porch Forum, a web-based community network., which is now available to all towns in Vermont.   Check it out and join the conversation.

Join us in promoting a safe, healthy, caring, and substance-free Franklin County that values all its members.  And, if you’d like to support Caring Communities and Watershed Mentoring financially, you can now donate online! Please click on the button to the right to be taken to a secure donation website.

Thanks for your interest and remember, we are ALL Caring Communities.

Green Up Day: We’re committed to a healthy and clean environment, inside and out! In addition to cleaning up refuse from our highways and by-ways, Green Up Day is a great opportunity to get a snapshot of what’s going on with high-risk alcohol, tobacco, and drug use in our communities.

How it works: We hope you can help us collect information about the number of alcohol containers, tobacco products, and other drug paraphernalia you collect or observe while cleaning up. Please print out our attached Green up day alcohol tally sheet to help keep track. You can return information to us through your local organizers or directly via email, fax, or the US Postal Service.

Caution: Ask your community organizers what the protocol is for handling illegal drug paraphernalia. In general, if you see needles, baggies with powdery residue, or suspicious-looking bottles that could be methamphetamine containers, we advise you not to pick them up but make a note and notify your town organizers so they can have these items collected safely.

What we do with the information: Alcohol and other drug containers on the roadways may mean that people are drinking and driving, or that teens are consuming alcohol or using drugs during “mobile” parties. That’s extremely high-risk use and puts the user, his or her passengers, other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians in danger. We share the information with your town officials and our partners in law enforcement and encourage attention to high-traffic areas. We also use the information to raise awareness among the public. It’s very helpful to be able to say that 100 beer cans or bottles were found on a stretch of road—possibly 100 instances of unsafe driving that could be averted by a combination of parental supervision, public education, compliance checks, local policies and ordinances that address furnishing alcohol to minors, and road patrols.

Resources for understanding addiction:

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/brain-and-addiction This site has a bunch of down to earth information. There are many links within the site.

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/addiction-disease This site offers a good way to start conversations about how we are conditioned and manipulated by events in our world. I have attached this as a word document.

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/seeds/ takes a look at societal influences on addiction. Can be a good conversation starter to raise awareness of the world around us.

 

Home / Join Together / /BY CELIA VIMONT June 3rd, 2015/ 5 Marijuana joint weed- Join Together News Service from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

As marijuana use and potency increases, the demand for treatment for cannabis use disorder is on the rise. Frances Levin, MD, Kennedy Leavy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, explains what treatments are available and who is seeking help for the disorder.
For the entire article, click here (this will take you away from the Franklin County Caring Communities site).

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