Winooski Prevention Blog

We are excited to share the results of our recent annual meeting. Your participation was thoughtful, interesting, and will be enormously helpful as we pursue these goals for the next year and beyond. Thank you for the time you took to attend and respond. We look forward to working with you in the future!

Many thanks to the community members who attended and participated in our first community dialogue night on May 15! Parents, school board members, school faculty, people in recovery, law enforcement, and health care representatives attended, as well as many others interested in working together to strengthen safety and health. The dialogue was facilitated by Julian Portilla and his graduate student, who used creative and interactive methods to generate ideas and discussions, including lots of movement.

Thursday evening, the Winooski Coalition, in collaboration with Champlain College, invites you to attend a community dialogue night at the O'Brien Community Center.

This dialogue night will provide a creative way for residents to discuss issues related to substance abuse and misuse, and work together to increase safety and health.

The event is free, and dinner will be provided. The evening will start at 6 PM and end at 8 PM.

Did you know that 4 out of 10 teens who misuse prescription drugs get those drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets? April 26 is National Drug Take Back Day. You can do something about this problem by talking to your children about the importance of not sharing medications; storing your medications securely; and disposing of unused and expired medications. Winooski has a 24-7 (24 hours a day, seven days a week), no-questions-asked, anonymous drop off site right at the Winooski Police Department.

The Winooski Teen Center, Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community, and the Winooski PTO are collaborating on six student internships that work to educate the community about tobacco, while encouraging substance-free public places and events.

Tobacco companies bombard the American public—while targeting youth in particular—with messages that normalize smoking and use of other tobacco products.  As such, 3,000 people nationally will become new smokers each day as reported by the Vermont Department of Health.