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Substance Abuse

Our mission:                        
To achieve measurable improvement in the quality of life in the River Valley towns of Oxford County through coordinated, ongoing public health promotion.

Our Success :
stablished in 1997,
the Healthy Communities is successor to the Northern Oxford County Coalition (NOCC). The regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided financial support and technical assistance to the NOCC, whose chief concern was environmental pollution.

Do you know how to properly dispose of your unwanted or outdated prescription drugs?
Safe Medicine Disposal for ME

Safe Medicine Disposal for ME Program—has envelopes available at your local Oxford County Rite Aids. They come complete with anonymous instructions on how to ship your unwanted or outdated prescription medication to a secure facility properly equipped to dispose of your medication. This program allows up to keep these drugs in the right hands and out of our ground water. For more information www.safemeddisposal.com


For Parents:

For Retailers:

  • If any retailer in interested in having these trainings in the River Valley area RVHCC will assist in scheduling there will be a per person fee for the session due prior to training. The trainings are divided up according to off-premise and on-premise. To inquire, email rvhccwitas@gwi.net.

    Collaboration with Local Law Enforcement Reduce Youth Access to Alcohol:

  • Party Patrols - Patrols by local law enforcement during high use times such as sporting events, holidays, proms and graduation.
  • Store Surveillance - Monitoring store parking lots for those over 21 that are purchasing alcohol for those under 21.
  • Investigations - Investigating underage drinking incidences to determine the source of the alcohol.
  • Compliance Checks -Identifying alcohol establishments that sell alcohol to underage youth and to enforce state statutes. We also use compliance checks as an educational tool for merchants and other liquor licensees.

Helpful contacts to your Local, County, & State Police Departments

Table Talks - Parents Connecting for Alcohol-Free Youth:
Are small group discussions held in a parent's home or in another community meeting space. They provide a comfortable setting for parents to communicate openly with each other about underage drinking and how to prevent it. Each Table Talk is meant to be friendly and relaxed,
and is led by a trained facilitator.

If you are interested in hosting a “Table Talks” meeting contact Sandy

PO Box 86   |   Rumford, ME   |   04276   |   207-364-7408