Newsletter

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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