In counties and communities across Tennessee, anti-drug coalitions are working to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances, in attempt to stop opioid overdose. These coalitions are made up of people who care a lot about their communities and want to make them safer, and free of drugs. They promote health and wellness, helping to improve graduation rates. The following is eight ways coalitions benefit Tennessee communities: conduct community-based drug take-back events, work to standardize penalties for alcohol and drug offenders, education for individuals handling alcoholic beverage transactions, monitor current smoke-free ordinances to encourage enforcement, post anti-drug, anti-alcohol, anti-smoking billboards in the community, offer a reward for information on illegal drug manufacturing, engage youth to participate in drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free efforts.
How can I do that?
1. Check out the Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service's website to learn more.
2. Connect with an Anti-Drug Coalition in Your Area.