Tennessee has seen an increase of drug overdoses every year since 2015, with the most recent data in 2019 had Tennessees overdose rate at 2,089. This number increased in 2020 in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to health experts.
Drug-Free Tennessee hosted virtual resources throughout the year online at drugfreetn.org with audio-visual messages and videos aimed at helping people steer clear of drug abuse and addiction. The organization has also long offered virtual learning resources and free materials to all educators wanting to help people learn the truth about drugs. Resources are available free of charge through drugfreeworld.org.
In addition to the virtual resources, DFT was able to start reaching people again in person with Truth About Drugs booklet distribution events and seminars.
Julie Brinker, Drug-Free Tennessee spokesperson, said, Now more than ever is the time to help our friends and neighbors learn the truth about drugs. They are deadly, and people have a right to know what they are getting into before its too late.
Drug-Free Tennessee distributes the Truth About Drugs booklet, which cover all basic side effects of drugs, common street names, and how to recognize when you are being persuaded by a dealer. DFT also has a range of award winning Public Service Announcements and an award winning feature length documentary detailing the dangers of drugs and addiction. To learn more or to order booklets or view the videos, visit drugfreetn.org and drugfreeworld.org.