In June 2018, the state of Tennessee adopted the Tennessee Together initiative—a comprehensive state plan aimed at addressing the opioid crisis in Tennessee through expanded opioid prevention, treatment, and enforcement strategies. As part of this effort, TDMHSAS partnered with the Tennessee National Guard and community Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions (SAPCs) across the state to recruit local school districts to participate in a survey of youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The purpose of the survey is to inform state and local prevention planning efforts and to serve as a tool for evaluating the impact of prevention strategies aimed at reducing opioid and other alcohol and drug misuse.
The 2018-2019 Tennessee Together Student Survey captured data on substance use attitudes and behaviors among Tennessee public eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students. The final survey sample included more than 21,000 respondents from five Behavioral Health Planning Regions, 28 counties, and more than 150 schools statewide. The Tennessee Together Student Survey represents the largest survey of youth alcohol and other drug use ever undertaken in the state. It fills a critical information gap by providing locally representative data that have been previously unavailable for most Tennessee counties or regions.
Click the images below for select results from the study, or scroll to the bottom for a video presentation of the findings.
Additional Information and Links
News Release: TN Together Student Survey Highlights Opportunity for Parents to Prevent Youth Substance Use
State conducts first student survey to analyze local drug, cigarette and alcohol use (WTVF-TV Nashville)
TN Together Student Survey finds almost half of teens experiment with alcohol, drugs (WJHL-TV Tri-Cities)
Tennessee survey finds parents should talk to kids about substance use, vaping, while in middle school (WBIR-TV Knoxville)
Carter County Drug Prevention eyeing new efforts for 2020 substance abuse prevention (WJHL-TV, Tri-Cities)