Efforts to prevent addiction and substance use disorder in Tennessee take many forms.  From the impactful work done with young people by the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions to the trainings and naloxone distribution performed by the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists, prevention at its essence is reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.

The Power of Prevention

The videos below are collected stories of individuals engaged in prevention work across Tennessee.  You can watch the videos or scroll down to directly connect with programs.

Connect with our Programs

Call or text 800-889-9789 for a free and confidential referral to substance abuse treatment services 24/7/365.

Substance Use Prevention Coalitions work to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. 

Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS) are a point of contact for training and education and for the distribution of naloxone. The work of the ROPS has prevented 44,000+ opioid overdose deaths.

Fentanyl is a man-made opioid that's driving huge increases in drug overdoses. Sadly, more Tennesseans than ever dying, but these deaths are preventable with knowledge and tools.

This page has the latest information, resources, and trainings to keep you up to speed on the substances that are affecting Tennesseans.

Prescription drug take-back boxes provide a place where unused prescription drugs can be safely disposed. Click for a map to find one near you.

The TN Recover app is designed for people in recovery from substance use disorder or for people looking to get more information on preventing addiction. 

Nearly 22,000 Tennessee students participated in this first-ever survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. The results are insightful for parents and prevention efforts.

Use of recreational drugs, over the counter medications or prescription drugs can all lead to addiction. It frequently leads to problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, and leaving the user feeling isolated, helpless, or shamed.

Do you have to drink a lot more than you used to in order to get buzzed or to feel relaxed? Read more about early warning signs of alcoholism.

Review the characteristics that can protect you and ones that increase your chance of substance abuse.

A prevention program for youth ages 6-15 whose parents attend the Boys and Girls Club in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, Scott, and Fentress Counties.

Naloxone is a powerful tool in the fight against deadly opioid overdoses. Learn more about how to administer naloxone and possibly save a life.

Extensive research has led to some simple strategies for raising a drug free child.

Parents remain the most important influence in their teenager’s decision about whether or not to use alcohol.

Anti-drug coalitions work to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. 

The Tennessee Prevention Network (TPN) is composed of 19 agencies across Tennessee that provide prevention education for substance abuse.

Women who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth, and have a history of mental health illness and/or who use or abuse drugs, tobacco and alcohol may qualify for in home visits from a Registered Nurse.

To be effective agents of change, community coalitions must understand the unique problems and opportunities that exist in their community, develop a strategic plan, and address the needed changes.

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Campus Community (CHASCo) addresses alcohol, drug, and violence prevention issues on Tennessee’s campuses by providing high-quality consultation and training, technical assistance, research support, and policy development to our member institutions.

The mission of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) is to inform and advocate for alcohol safety, substance abuse prevention, and public health policy concerns to Tennesseans and lawmakers. 

Substance Abuse Prevention Certification is a basic standard for professional competence in the field of prevention.  Certification as a Prevention Specialist is based on experience and competencies as set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

The Problem Gambling Program is a service designed to provide outreach, education, and referral services to individuals and their families who have experienced problems with compulsive gambling.

While more people today are living with HIV, many are still unaware of their infection and are at risk of transmitting the disease to others. Through early intervention, by getting tested, individuals can help reduce the rate of infections.

TDMHSAS receives the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant from the federal government to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services and activities for people who are at-risk of or who have a substance abuse problem.