Winooski Prevention Blog

I have always been interested in substance use and prevention, but my passion for it ultimately stemmed from discovering that addiction runs in my family. Science says that addiction is a disease and can be genetically inherited, but until I learned of personal connections, I did not completely comprehend how common and serious substance use/abuse can be. As I have grown up, this has become increasingly relevant to my life; my uncle died from alcoholism and my mother smoked cigarettes and died from cancer.

A group of Winooski High School students traveled down to Washington D.C. the first week of February to join more than 3,000 substance abuse prevention advocates, including close to 500 youth, from throughout the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) 30th Annual National Leadership Forum.

Did you know… Approximately 1 in 4 U.S. adults have some form of mental illness or substance use disorder, and these adults consume almost 40% of all cigarettes smoked by adults?


Newly released data from the Department of Health show that most Vermonters are in good health, and that more adults and young people are taking steps to reduce unhealthy and risky behaviors. At the same time, trends in the use of electronic vaping products among high schoolers, increased rates of marijuana use, a suicide rate that is higher than the U.S. as a whole, and disparities in general health among adults, highlight the public health challenges Vermont continues to face.