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‘Prevention Starts With You’ aims to deter youth substance misuse in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new program looks to deter substance misuse among youth in Connecticut.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) launched the “Prevention Starts With You,” a $1.2 million campaign offering resources and creating awareness.

“You have the power to help young people who are in your life avoid using drugs and alcohol,” said Roland Harmon, the co-president of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.

Organizers said it was created in response to the opioid death of a Hartford Middle School in 2022. They’re also calling it a reminder of the daily activities that everyone can do to make a difference in the lives of young people.