Tobacco, alcohol and other drug use can affect anyone, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, or income level. Preventing chemical use and abuse in our communities is the first step to eliminating the issues associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, such as chronic disease, injuries, decreased productivity, and social and family disruptions. For more information on local community efforts in Washington County email PHE@co.washington.mn.us.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death. More deaths can be attributed to tobacco use than to alcohol, drugs, firearms, motor vehicle crashes, and HIV/AIDS combined. At least 80 percent of adult smokers report that they had their first cigarette before the age of 18. Preventing youth from ever starting to smoke is necessary to reduce the harm caused by tobacco use.
If you are concerned about your own or someone else's alcohol or other drug use, please contact the Chemical Health Intake Line at 651-430-6561 or for additional information on assessments and resources in Washington County, visit the Community Services Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services page.