Blount Memorial Hospital - Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team

The Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team (SAPAT) partners with Blount Memorial Hospital (BMH), community leaders, law enforcement, schools, the courts, businesses, parents and others to reduce substance abuse and educate all ages about health risks associated with substance use. Projects have included Cash for Cooks, Text-a-Tip, drug take-back events, Take a Stance, prom and graduation promotions, and a prescription drug abuse conference for health care professionals.

What is it?

The Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team (SAPAT) partners with Blount Memorial Hospital (BMH), community leaders, law enforcement, schools, the courts, businesses, parents and others to reduce substance abuse and educate all ages about health risks associated with substance use. Projects have included Cash for Cooks, Text-a-Tip, drug take-back events, Take a Stance, prom and graduation promotions, and a prescription drug abuse conference for health care professionals.

Who is it for?

The entire community

Why do they do it?

Substance-abuse issues do not exist in silos but affect the health and well-being of the entire community.

Impact

In collaboration with the school systems, SAPAT serves more than 10,000 middle and high school students every year in programs that provide education and refusal-skills training. Working with law enforcement, SAPAT provides alcohol sales training to retailers and encourages county-wide alcohol compliance checks.

Contact: Connie W. Huffman
Assistant Administrator/Foundation President/COO, BMH
Telephone: 865-977-5531
Email: chuffman@bmnet.com

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