Newsletter

Prescription for Success Plan
Statewide Strategies to Prevent and Treat the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic in Tennessee
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 Hey Principals and Teachers: Do you have SADD Chapters in your school?
SADD believes in the power of young people and their ability to influence their peers to make healthy decisions. If you are interested in starting a SADD chapter in your school and empowering your students to be positive role models let MDC help you! 
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The Mayors’ Youth Action Council
As the end of the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, so do certain youth activities. This year The Mayors’ Youth Action Council YAC, a civic engagement program for Knox county high school students, is coming to an end.
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Coalition Spotlight: FitRx
This special section highlights the work our coalition partners are doing to keep our community safe, healthy and drug-free. Last month, we spoke with Patricia Hammonds with American Addiction Center.
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How do you Boat Safe?
Tips on keeping safe on the water this summer.
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Meet Our New Staff
The Metropolitan Drug Commission is proud to introduce our two new employees.
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ID Bill Signed into Law
On June 3, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law House Bill 1466, Senate Bill 1832.
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Tips on how to Communicate with your Teens
Learn the correct tips on how to communicate with your teen on drug and alcohol use.
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Legalizing Medical Marijuana in TN: The Debate Continues
The issue that has swept the US in recent news is legalizing marijuana for medical use. Currently, there are 22 states that have legalized medical marijuana, as well as DC. But only two states, Colorado and Washington State, have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Journey Beyond the NICU
Special note from Whitney Moore, adoptive parent of a baby born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
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Attacking Knox County’s Pill Ills
In August of 2013, the Metropolitan Drug Commission convened stakeholders to join together to create a plan to reduce the impact the prescription drug epidemic is having in Knoxville/Knox County.
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Tobacco Deaths in the US
In the United States, someone dies from tobacco related causes every 77 seconds.In participation with the March 19th National Kick Butts Day, a day of youth activism, the Knox County Youth Health Board and Smoke Free Knoxville gave an impactful demonstration to speak out against tobacco.
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Smoke Free Knoxville 
Smoke-Free Knoxville (SFK) has joined with UT’s Greek organizations to promote public parks free of secondhand smoke. See how these organizations have come together to stop this problem.
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April is Alcohol Awareness Month:  “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow”
Every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., or NCADD, holds an Alcohol Awareness Month to help community’s nationwide focus on alcohol related issues.
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Coalition Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Sherrod, Sherrod Investigative Group
This special section highlights the work our coalition partners are doing to keep our community safe, healthy and drug-free. Last month, we spoke with Elizabeth Sherrod from Sherrod Investigative Group.
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Encouraging change in others: Are you helping or hindering?
Making a change in your life is a difficult task, whether it’s losing those last few pounds or stopping the abuse of alcohol or other drugs. But when it’s a loved one in need of a change, how can you help without shutting them down?
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Is alcohol derailing your diet?
The time for New Year’s resolutions is upon us. If you feel stuck in a weight loss plateau, you may want to consider your alcohol consumption.
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Hey Principals and Teachers: Our student video and poster competitions are back!
For a third straight year, MDC is hosting its teen video competition. Students may choose to focus on underage drinking, prescription drug abuse or a tobacco. The contest is open to all high school teens in Knox County, both public and private.
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Coalition Spotlight: New Life Lodge
This special section highlights the work our coalition partners are doing to keep our community safe, healthy and drug-free. Last month, we spoke with LaDonna Booker from New Life Lodge.
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Boys, Bullying and Booze, Oh My!
The Sister-To-Sister summit gave nearly 100 girls from Vine, Holston, Carter and Whittle Springs Middle Schools the skills to tackle challenges every young woman faces.
In small breakout sessions, the girls developed action plans for addressing drugs and alcohol, bullying, dating, peer pressure, body esteem and academics.
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Good news: Abuse rates down for many popular drugs among teens
It’s not all doom and gloom. Fewer Knoxville teens are experimenting with alcohol and drugs than in years past, according to a recently released survey.
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“Shatter the Myths. Get the Facts.” during National Drug Facts Week
National Drug Facts Week, a time to raise awareness about the myths of drug abuse and addiction, is coming on January 27 – February 2.
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Community Champion Awards recognizes five leaders in substance abuse prevention
MDC hosted its inaugural Community Champion Awards on December 2, honoring five local people who are making Knoxville a safer, healthier place to live.
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Tim Wright of AAA Tennessee wins Substance Abuse Prevention Advocacy Award
A local leader has been recognized for his commitment to reducing underage drinking and impaired driving.
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New Mayors’ Youth Action Council members chosen
The Knoxville/Knox County Mayors’ Youth Action Council (YAC), representing teen leaders from across the county, welcomed 18 members this fall. YAC is charged with ensuring youth have a voice in local government while connecting teens with community and volunteer projects.
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Local juvenile court chosen as model site for nationwide project
Knox County Juvenile Court has been selected as one of six courts in the nation to participate in the Learning Collaborative project through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
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