Addiction has taken a deep toll on Tennessee families. In 2018, 1,818 Tennesseans died from an overdose, or about five people each day. The growth of this addiction crisis has left no community untouched, but we have a great resource in our communities of faith. Of the 6.6 million Tennesseans, 85% affiliate with one of the state’s 11,500 houses of faith. As TDMHSAS developed its response to this crisis, department leaders recognized the opportunity to leverage this critical, untapped network of caring individuals and faith communities as a means to help address addiction in our state.