Winooski Prevention Blog

Two issues Winooski Partnership for Prevention is closely following this legislative session is how the state plans to regulate and tax cannabis, and the push to raise the legal purchasing age of tobacco products to 21.

“Prevention is the most important strategy to turn the curve on Vermont’s opioid challenges,” according to the Vermont Opioid Coordination Council’s latest report, Building Bridges.

“The brain continues to develop until the age of 25, and drug use impacts that developmental trajectory. The later in life one is exposed to potentially addictive substances – nicotine, marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, depressants – the lower the chance of a subsequent substance use disorder developing.”

The Opioid Coordination Council’s 2019 report makes policy and strategic recommendations to strengthen Vermont’s approach to addressing the opioid crisis.

By Ellen Oppenheim

While some of my favorite platforms, such as Buzzfeed, Refinery29 and even Cosmo, usually use their popularity for good, they also seem to promote a lifestyle of binge drinking and normalizing alcoholic behavior. I am not a saint and I am not privy to a lifestyle of booze, but I can say as a 23-year-old sober alcoholic, these marketing campaigns need to stop.

Similarly to tobacco and alcohol, the more prevalent and accessible marijuana is to youth, the more likely they will be to engage in substance use. With low perception of harm and increased accessibility, it becomes crucial to know and share the facts about how marijuana use can affect the developing brain, academic performance, socialization, and future goals.

Save the date for National Prescription Drug Take-back Day! Show you care. Don’t Share!

Saturday, October 22nd, 10am – 2pm at the Winooski Police Department
Go to www.dea.gov to see a list of all drop off locations in Vermont.

Why should you properly dispose of or lock up unused or expired medications?