In counties and communities across Tennessee, prevention coalitions are working to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. These local efforts, funded by the State of Tennessee since 2008, help get the word out about the dangers and consequences of substance misuse.
“These coalitions are made up of people who care a lot for their communities and want to make them safer, and free of drugs. Their members include police officers, school teachers, doctors, nurses, elected leaders, mayors, council members, parents and students,” said E. Douglas Varney, former Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “They are people who come from all walks of life, see what’s going on in their area, and then take action, informing citizens about potential threats, and to help prevent substance use.”