Share National DEC Fact Sheets

One of the key components of the drug endangered children mission is a clear understanding of the risks that children face when their caregivers are engaged in drug activity or substance abuse.
This knowledge highlights the need for collaborative efforts to help these children and their families and motivates practitioners to look at how they can do their jobs differently to increase the chances of better outcomes for drug endangered children, families and the communities they serve. Enhancing awareness about drug endangered children is an ongoing part of the DEC mission and it provides the foundation for taking action to implement and sustain the collaborative DEC Approach.
These documents attached below will assist in providing information to professionals and community members. Feel free to print these out or email to those who you feel would benefit from the information.

Search NA Meeting Times Online or Download The App

Narcotics Anonymous, or NA, is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today.

Find NA meetings near you quickly and with ease. The website link is listed in the resource section below.

The “NA Meeting Search” app version 2.0 is now available for smartphone or tablet.
Find the app through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Materials for Understanding Rehab Options

The American Addiction Center (AAC) website incorporates articles offering useful information about rehab and how to choose an option that makes sense for you.
Many do not realize how many rehabilitation options are available. Doing a bit of research may help save you and your family some time and money in the long run.
Know the difference between medical detox, PHPs, inpatient rehab, IOPs, Outpatient care, and other treatment options.
Learn information for an effective treatment stay.
Understand why aftercare is essential to your success.
Find information about treatment cost and insurance issues.
Educate your self about the treatment process and typical rehab rules.
Review the resources listed below for more information.

Participate in HAPI Events and Projects

Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) provides artistic opportunities for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to promote healing, community awareness, and inclusion.
HAPI hosts several programs which include:
Art classes
Publications
Exhibitions
Public Outreach Events
Check out the resources listed below to learn more about the HAPI mission and events happening near you!

Volunteer as a Baby Cuddler

Babies who are born prematurely, have a serious health issue, or are suffering from some form of dependency like Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) will often spend considerable amounts of time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). During this time, they are often separated from their parents for a significant amount of time. Baby cuddlers are a group of volunteers who spend time holding babies in shifts throughout the day. These volunteers help babies in th NICU experience the physical contact and love that is needed during infancy.
In order to volunteer as a hospital baby cuddler you will need to research programs in your area, apply to volunteer, and complete all training courses.
Start by searching “volunteer baby cuddler programs in (blank) county”
You can also contact your local hospital and ask if they accept baby cuddler volunteers. Most hospitals will indicate on their website which volunteer positions need to be filled. If baby cuddler is not listed, you can email the volunteer coordinator to find out if they are accepting applications for that position.
Most hospitals will include a list of requirements. You may need to complete a background check or annual flu shot.

Visit the resources listed below for more information.

Attend Community Focused Opioid Summits

One way to increase general awareness within a community is to attend a seminar on the topic. It can be as detailed as a workshop teaching Drug Endangered Children (DEC) awareness or as relaxed as a PowerPoint presentation viewed at a town hall meeting.

Here are some common opioid-related events:
Educational Film Screening
Addiction Seminar
Naloxone Training
DEC Awareness Training
Opioid Summit
Town Hall Meetings
Monthly Prevention Coalition Meetings
Health Fair ​ ​

Be sure to check out the TN Together calendar to find events near you!
Search for events using keywords like “opioid” “addicition” “recovery” on Eventbrite.
Find coalition information through the Prevention Alliance website.

Share Health Info at Local Flea Market

Making resources easily accessible is the first step to educating your community on prevention methods, warning signs of substance misuse, and recovery options.
Consider providing local and state resources at a flea market, farmers market or other community events. Flea markets usually attract individuals interested in healthy lifestyles. They may be inspired to share your materials with others or even join your efforts.
Resources:
Educational materials and info graphics
Medication lockboxes
Narcan trainings (or invites to a upcoming training)
Information about local coalition (meeting times, mission statement, upcoming events…)
Recovery groups
Prevention clubs
TNTogether flyers so they can find their own ways to get involved (120+ activities listed on website!)

Participate in International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st!
International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It is also an opportunity to stimulate discussion about evidence-based overdose prevention and drug policy.
This is a day to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose. Take action by spreading the message that drug overdose is preventable!

Get involved by participating in or even hosting awareness events.
Are you planning on hosting an event this year? TNTogether.com is a great place to search for tons of community focused ideas.
Here are just a few activity examples.
Naloxone training
Candlelight vigil
Education fair
Host a film screening 

Check out the resources listed below for more information about International Overdose Awareness Day as well as events being held throughout the state of Tennessee!

Take the National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge

Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz available in English and Spanish that can be used on mobile devices. More than 200,000 people took the IQ Challenge last year.
The National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge was created for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week but individuals may test their knowledge anytime they’d like.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), is an annual health observance week, that connects teens with resources to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol. NDAFW was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction.The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.
For more information about NDAFW visit the links below!