Prescription Drug Abuse

1263 Tennesseans lost their lives due to prescription drug overdose in 2014. Twenty-eight of those were Sumner County residents.

 The   Take Only As Directed   campaign by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services teaches consumers about prescription drug abuse, it's signs and symptoms, and how to access treatment and recovery services. Click the photo above to learn more. 

The Take Only As Directed campaign by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services teaches consumers about prescription drug abuse, it's signs and symptoms, and how to access treatment and recovery services. Click the photo above to learn more. 

The Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition takes a multi-faceted approach to address this dangerous and alarming trend that has surpassed motor vehicle collisions as the #1 cause of accidental death in Tennessee. We believe that working from the top-down, with healthcare professionals and pharmacists to reduce overprescribing and encourage responsible practices and accountability will have the greatest impact on reducing the abundant availability of potentially harmful medications and significantly curb abuse.

To learn more about safe prescribing practices, visit our professional tools and resources page.

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Making families, homes, and communities safer.

Many adults and youth do not understand the dangers of prescription drugs.  Many often think of them as "safer" because they are prescribed by a doctor. Due to this medications are not properly counted, locked, or destroyed.  This is turn creates more accessibility to young people and adults in their homes or community member's homes. Our comprehensive "Count It, Lock It, Drop It" program teaches families and consumers about to properly handle their medicine. Visit the Manage Your Medications page to learn more.