Substance Abuse Prevention

Research shows that addiction is a learned behavior. Therefore, the earlier a person starts using, the more likely they are to become addicted; that's why we strive to keep the youth of our area free from substances.

Our key focuses are decreasing underage drinking, marijuana use, and prescription drug misuse. Although those are the three drugs we focus on, many more are available. Still, studies show that when you implement strategies to decrease one drug's use, the use rates of other drugs also decrease.

Safe Medicine Disposal

Drop Box Locations for the River Valley

Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

Rumford Police Department
150 River St, Rumford

Mexico Police Department
15 Recreational Drive, Mexico

Dixfield Town Hall
50 Main St, Dixfield

River Valley Rising

River Valley Rising is a coalition under the fiscal agent of River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition that works to create awareness and support for the health of communities in our area. They collaborate with other local organizations, businesses, law enforcement, and schools. It receives funding through the Drug-Free Communities grant. To learn more, visit


Our local police departments participate in a Drug Take-Back Day every April and October.

You can drop off any unused or expired medication at the Mexico Town Hall that day with the Mexico Police Department from 9am to 12pm.

Watch our Facebook page for updates on the next Drug Take-Back day!