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CounterBalance launched in 2014 with one overarching goal: to counter the tobacco industry’s influence in the retail environment and its impact on Vermont’s youth.


Retail stores are the primary place where tobacco companies recruit new users, nearly 90% of whom are underage youth. In fact, according to their own internal documents, tobacco companies try to attract new, young smokers by targeting stores near schools and playgrounds.


Currently CounterBalance is working to raise awareness about the dangers of flavored tobacco products. The tobacco industry uses candy flavors and colorful packaging to make e-cigarettes, little cigars, and chew seem more appealing. In fact, two-thirds of tobacco-using youth said they use these products because they come in flavors they like.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Do you have unused, unwanted, or expired medication in your home? You can dispose of it free of charge and anonymously through the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day program!


Visit www.chittendenpreventionnetwork.com 

for the next event date and location, as well as a list of permanent drop off locations in Chittenden County.


When the youth of our community need help, do they know how and where to find it? Essex CHIPS is introducing a new program, TeenLine, that will connect  youth  with a broad range of services.

Youth and their parents/guardians seeking support can reach TeenLine’s I & R service by dialing (855) 273-8336 and staff and volunteers will connect callers with partner agencies and resources that can address a range of needs such as, access to food, shelter, health care, transportation, crisis intervention, employment assistance, counseling, LBGTQ support, recreation, and substance abuse prevention.

Youth Mental Health & First Aid SUICIDE AWARENESS TRAINING

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.


Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.



  • 802 Quits - Get tips and tools that can help make it easier if you decide to quit smoking.

  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. This site offers facts, key issues within the state, nation, and world, tobacco industry watch, and how you can get involved--including youth initiatives.

  • Truth This website is dedicated to ending tobacco use by this generation of youth by encouraging them to take action and track progress. Only 8% of teens still smoke. Finishing the job will come down to you. Be creative. Enlist friends. Spread truth. Tell us what you need to Finish It.

  • The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.

  • American Cancer Society - For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

  • American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. 

What is Prevention?

Prevention work reduces the risk of substance misuse and abuse in our communities.  

Approaches are varied, and include addressing both individual behavior and environmental factors.  Prevention coalitions help community members develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make good choices or change harmful behaviors. 

Environmental prevention strategies are tailored to the unique needs of each community.  They address the root causes of risky behaviors by creating environments that make it easier to act in healthy ways. 

When implemented effectively, these strategies create shifts in both individual attitudes and community norms that result in long-term success!

(855) 273-8336

If you have questions about available health resources please contact the Director of Prevention Services



  • ParentUp - There are steps you can take with your children and other parents that can help prevent underage drinking. Parental involvement makes a difference, and ParentUp provides tips and valuable information to help you get started.

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics' mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families. NACOA works to raise public awareness, provides leadership in public policy at the national, state, and local levels, advocates for appropriate, effective and accessible education and prevention services, and facilitates/advances professional knowledge and understanding.

  • Claudia Black is a renowned addiction author, speaker and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. This site offers audio cds, dvds, books, and toolboxes related to addiction, trauma, and family codependency.

Other Drugs:

  • Inhalant Abuse Prevention - This site is dedicated to informing parents, children, family, friends, teachers and anyone else who is experiencing or has experienced someone involved with inhalant abuse.

  • SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a health-first approach to marijuana policy. 

  • SAM-VT is the Vermont arm of the above organization.

  • Meth Project Foundation is a program of the national nonprofit organization The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. Central to the program is a research-based marketing campaign, community action programs, and an in-school lesson all designed to communicate the risks of Meth use.