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Friday, October 29, 2021
Happy almost-November!

We are thankful for such a vibrant and supportive community! Thank you for another successful DEA Drug Take Back Day on October 23 where we collected 70 pounds of unused/expired medications. Thanks to you these will stay out of the hands of those they don't belong to and will be disposed of properly.

Keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Instagram (@hartford_community_coalition). If you have questions about HCC or anything highlighted in the newsletter, please reach out!

If you or someone you know would like a free bike helmet or medication lock box, please email [email protected] We can meet you at our office in The Junction Marketplace.

Em and Kelly
The HCC Team
so unfortunate, but just in time for Halloween
Watch the Good Morning America Report

😀 Safety Tips For Checking Halloween Candy 😀

  • Wait until children are home to eat, sort and check treats. 
  • Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any of the following candies that have:
    • An unusual appearance or discoloration
    • Tiny pinholes or tears in wrappers 
    • Spoiled or unwrapped items 
    • Homemade items should be discarded
    • When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Tell children not to accept -- and, especially, not to eat anything that isn't commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of young children should also remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys. 
  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween. 
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

If you have any questions about possible tainted candy, you can contact:


Hartford Police Department

Events in Our Community

"Why" RBS Groups
The Hartford High School and Middle School prevention groups will begin meeting this month to analyze their respective schools 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data. They will decide on one or two metrics that can be improved as a result of real data from their school and then work to implement positive change. Examples include bullying, vaping, nutrition, and mental health.

Email Kelly ([email protected]) if you'd like more information about this program! 
Register Here
TECHNICOOL: Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
This is a FREE 1-hour virtual evidence-based training from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont for parents and adults in the community.

Learn the digital risks for children and strategize ways to keep children and youth safe in digital environments. Learn effective strategies for dealing with children exhibiting concerning digital behaviors.

Tuesday, November 16 at noon OR 7:00pm
Online Quiz and Sweepstakes
From Vermont's Department of Liquor and Lottery comes their online quiz and associated sweepstakes.

The anonymous quiz is meant to be an educational tool for teens (13+) and their parents to learn more about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.  Once the quiz is completed, there is a button to enter the sweepstakes.

Teens who complete the quiz about alcohol can then enter the sweepstakes to win one of 20 VISA $100 gift cards. Complete by November 30!

Take the Quiz

Youth Mental Health First Aid

HCC is proud to offer youth mental health first aid training taught by certified trainers, Kelly Clements, MPH, and Emily Zanleoni, LCMHC, NCC. 

Why should you sign up? 
Today, 1 in 5 adolescents will experience a mental health issue. 75% of mental health disorders begin by the age of 24. Despite the prevalence of mental health disorders, only 7% of youth receive screening or treatment. 

Trainees will receive a 3-year certification to become a first aider to recognize signs and help refer to professionals.

We are currently accepting registrations for a future training. Contact Kelly at [email protected] to hold your spot.


TeenLine Website
Vermont TeenLine

Covid-19 has taken a significant toll on youth across VT. There is help for teens through an information and referral service called Teenline  - addressing housing, afterschool resources, food security, support for social struggles, etc. It is available to youth in need of services and adults seeking to support them.

Call TOLL FREE (855)273-8336 or call/text (802)316-8126
Email: [email protected]
Real Talk About Fake Pills
Song for Charlie is a family-run nonprofit charity dedicated to raising awareness about ‘fentapills’ — fake pills made of fentanyl. 

Kids see buy these pills on social media, thinking they are like Zanax or ADHD medicine. They aren’t trying to get high, but are just thinking this might help with anxiety, or with studying. Instead, they are fentanyl pills and can be fatal.

Song for Charlie Website
Read About the Four Personality Risk Factors Here
Personality Risk Factors

Sometimes it’s easy to see why someone falls into substance use issues. You look at their life full of hardship or trauma and match that with their tumultuous upbringing and dysfunctional family and think to yourself, “Hey — no wonder.”

But with some people, it doesn’t quite add up. Did something happen that we aren’t aware of? Do they have a genetic predisposition?

Well, there’s been some fascinating research revealed in recent years that sheds light on what makes one person more vulnerable to substance use issues than others, and it has to do with their personality.

Vermont Vaccine Clinics
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Vaccine and booster shots are available for free and without an appointment.

On Thursdays from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, the Vermont Department of Health has trailers at Hartford High School offering vaccines and all boosters for those who were vaccinated 6+ months ago.

Bring your vaccine card if you are getting a booster.
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