Use the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD)

The Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD) is a database which monitors the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. The Board of Pharmacy and the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database Committee oversee the operation of the database. Pharmacies and physicians who dispense medications upload all controlled substance prescription records daily. This data is collected and monitored by healthcare practitioners to ensure safe prescribing and dispensing practices. Healthcare practitioners can register for an account on the CSMD website.
How can I do that?1. Go to Tennessee Controlled Substance Monitoring Database’s website.2. Click on ‘Register’ and provide the required information.

Watch the National Prevention Week Webinar Series

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance held in May that is dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance use disorders. The National Prevention Week webinar series supports organizations working on the front lines of prevention. Their webinars provide technical assistance and resources to states,  the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) grantees, and local community-based organizations to raise awareness and educate communities on prevention topics.
How can I do that?Check out the National Prevention Week Webinar Series.

Work with the Families Free Organization

Families Free is a faith-oriented, community-based organization operating in northeast Tennessee. They provide evidence-based treatment, education and intervention services to women and families affected by substance abuse, incarceration and domestic instability. Families Free’s principles of compassion, healing, and restoration promote positive lifestyle changes within our communities’ most at-risk and overlooked populations.
How can I do that?Check out the Families Free Program to learn more.

Register a New Generation RX Chapter (College)

Generation Rx is an educational program that increases public awareness of prescription medication misuse and encourages health care providers, community leaders, parents, teens, and college students to actively work to prevent abuse. They challenge every Chapter to collaborate with pharmacists, educators, community outreach programs, and local organizations in your area to make a difference with Generation Rx. They provide toolkits that are specific to certain age groups and demographics so that people can be effectively helped. Generation Rx also collects success stories from their Chapters and gives awards to their top performing Chapters. They also host an annual conference where the top three Chapters give presentations on their successes and how they implemented the program.

 How can I do that?1. Learn more about Generation Rx 2. Register a Generation Rx Chapter


Use Screening 2 Brief Intervention (S2BI)

Screening to Brief Intervention (S2BI) is an early intervention tool for people who could be at risk of developing a substance use disorder. Medical practitioners can give this assessment in any healthcare setting. Brief intervention screening offers practitioners the ability to assess the severity of substance use and, if necessary, it allows them to refer patients to treatment.
How can I do that?1. Go to the Screening to Brief Intervention website.2. Click on the ‘I am the Clinician’ button.

Join the Keeping Youth Off Drugs and Alcohol Program

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley’s SMART Moves grant reaches 358 youth, ages 6 to 15, who attend the Boys & Girls Club and their parents in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, Scott, and Fentress Counties. SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training), a nationally recognized and field-tested comprehensive program curriculum, uses small group activities to teach young people how to recognize and resist both media influences and peer pressures to engage in alcohol, tobacco, other drug use.
The objective of the SMART Moves program and the Keeping Youth Off Drugs and Alcohol prevention program is to prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. This is accomplished by increasing participants’ knowledge about the harmful consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It teaches youth social skillsneeded to resist substance-promoting pressures such as: communication, problem solving, goal setting, finding positive adult role models, positive use of free time, and making positive friendships. These social skills are needed to resist the pressures of these harmful substances. The final goal is to teach parents how to communicate with their children about the harmful consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
How can I do that?
Explore the Boys and Girls Club website and sign up to volunteer, support, or find a club near you.
Use the Prevention Services Provider Directory to locate the Boys & Girls Club near you.


Learn about Drug Diversion

Some healthcare professionals avoid the issue of suspected drug impairment or drug diversion in colleagues for fear of retribution (either from a suspected colleague or from a supervisor).
Employers and coworkers can accidentally enable by giving lighter work schedules, accepting excuses for poor performance, or covering for a colleague.
Reporting is not only a duty (and a law), but it is an option for early intervention and instrumental in retention of professional skills for the practitioner while ensuring public safety.
How can I do that?Learn more about drug diversion and how to report it by accessing drug diversion pages of the website of the Center for Disease Control, the Tennessee Professional Assistance Program, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Recognize the Side Effects of Mixing Pain Medication and Alcohol

The combination of alcohol and opioids can put you at risk for dangerous reactions. Opioids give rise to a number of harmful effects when misused, and this potential is worsened when alcohol is added to the equation. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means that it slows down brain activity, while opioid pain medications can slow down breathing rate. When the two substances are combined, these effects may be amplified and can lead to coma or death. According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol was involved in over 22% of prescription deaths. With prolonged use, both alcohol and opioid medications make the patient tolerant to them. This can influence a person to increase their usage without consent from their doctor, possibly leading to inappropriate use or overdose.
How can I do that?
To learn more about the dangers of mixing opioids with alcohol, visit the DrugAbuse website. By understanding the symptoms and learning to recognize them in others, you can help a friend or loved one find the help they need using our Resource page.

Learn How Opioid Abuse Training in Medical Schools is Improving

Part of the mission of medical schools and teaching hospitals is to respond to community and public health crises through innovations in medical education, patient care, and research. As communities across the nation face an epidemic of opioid abuse, institutions are responding with new approaches to substance abuse and pain management education. “The response to the opioid epidemic is still evolving, just as medicine and our education evolves,” said Atul Grover MD, PhD, chief public policy officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and moderator of a Capitol Hill Briefing entitled “How Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals are Addressing the Opioid Epidemic.” The briefing, hosted by the AAMC, focused on the role of academic medicine in the response to the opioid epidemic and to other related public health issues.
How can I do that?Learn more at the American Association of Medical College’s website


Set Goals to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

There are many different ways you, as an organization, can set goals to help make a difference in the opioid crisis. Setting goals to make a difference is really about getting involved. There are so many different things you can do to get involved, including: Raise awareness about the epidemic among employees and educate them on the overall crisis. Provide your employees with proper counseling and services, if they are experiencing an addiction problem. Volunteer your workspace, after hours, to be used as a space to host Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Write letters to your local government, voicing your concerns and willingness to get involved in making a difference. Join an Anit-Drug Coalition or become an ambassador for one of many drug-related organizations. This typically includes anything from anti-drug groups, recovery groups, and support groups. Some ways your organization may get involved require a lot of time and commitment, while others, like offering your office space as a place to host an NA meeting, does not require as much effort. Either way, anything you choose to do to make a difference, is a step in the right direction.
How can I do that? Research the crisis and how you can get involved by clicking on some of the links below.