Understanding the risks

Emergency Department admissions for drug overdose increased 48% from 2003 to 2012 in East Tennessee.

During a recent round of retail alcohol compliance checks by local law enforcement 44% of surveyed outlets were cited for selling to an underage person.

In Tennessee 1 in 7 youth are regular smokers and nearly half have tried cigarettes

About us

Carter County Drug Prevention is an anti-drug coalition designed to bring together diverse organizations, factions or constituencies who agree to work together to achieve a common goal.


To create a safe and healthy Carter County.


Reduce substance abuse through collaborative planning, community action, and policy advocacy.


A coalition is required to focus on the following 7 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Seven Strategies according to the Tennessee Department of Health and Substance Abuse Services and the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  1. Provide Information: ex. Presentations in the community, brochures, media campaigns
  2. Enhance Skills: ex. Workshops, seminars, parenting classes, model programs in schools
  3. Provide Support: ex. Opportunities for safe activities, mentoring, referrals, youth clubs
  4. Enhance access and reduce barriers: ex. Increase access to treatment, childcare, housing
  5. Change consequences: ex. Increasing public recognition for deserved behavior; citations
  6. Change physical design: ex. Change environment to reduce risk/enhance protection
  7. Modify/change policies: Formal change in written procedures, by laws, practices.