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Eating family dinners together regularly is known to lower rates of teen smoking, drinking, and drug use. Taking time to eat dinner together isn’t about the food on the table, but the conversation around it.

Substance Misuse Prevention

Healthy Androscoggin, in partnership with a community-based substance use task force, works to provide education, training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to prevent and reduce misuse of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

Alcohol

Healthy Androscoggin, Project Unite! and other community partners have worked together tirelessly to reduce underage drinking in Androscoggin County.  We offer education to parents, students, liquor retailers, and community members on preventing youth alcohol use

Marijuana

Marijuana is NOT harmless. It is an addictive drug that is linked to health and safety issues. Healthy Androscoggin distributes information and provides free training and presentations on marijuana, its impact on youth, and public health.  These presentations can be provided to multiple audiences including parents, parent organizations, community leaders, civic organizations, teachers and educational professionals, and many others.

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Prescription Drug Misuse

One approach to prevent prescription drug and medicine misuse is to prevent individuals from accessing prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to them. Healthy Androscoggin partners with several community organizations to sponsor a twice annual medicine take-back day. Permanent medicine drop boxes are available year round in seven communities in Androscoggin County and you can dispose of unwanted medicines whenever the appropriate facility is open. Healthy Androscoggin also provides education and tools to safely store and dispose of medications in the home.

Links and Resources

·         Healthy Androscoggin YouTube page for instructional and educational videos on a variety of              topics

·         Substance Use Resource Guide for community resources related to substance use

·         Permanent Medicine Disposal Box Locations throughout Androscoggin County

To learn more about any of these programs, ask questions, or access resources, please contact Healthy Androscoggin at 795-5990 or info@healthyandroscoggin.org