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Power Of Putnam Gets Opioid Money For Vets

Power of Putnam received some $200,000 in state opioid abatement funds for its “Paws Off My Meds” project. Coalition Director Bill Gibson said the project is designed to prevent “vet shopping,” a ploy used to acquire opioids by having them prescribed to a pet. Gibson said the state funds will provide equipment like medicine lock boxes and signage at veterinary ... Read More »

Jackson Partnership Battling Substance Abuse Thursday

A Recovery and Prevention Celebration will showcase resources available to Jackson County residents Thursday night to fight substance abuse. The Jackson County Prevention Partnership hosting the event at Gainesboro’s Bridge Church. Power of Putnam Project Director Nora Anderson said in rural counties, people often have to travel to find resources like these, or simply do not know they exist. She ... Read More »

UCDD To Host Human Trafficking Awareness Event Thursday

UCDD will host an event Thursday to teach people how to identify and combat human trafficking. Advocate Trent Carter said the training will help people develop an internal radar to detect human trafficking when they see it. He said people often believe the issue does not exist in the Upper Cumberland, but it does. “You know, we have tunnel vision ... Read More »

Tech Will Develop Addiction Center To Help Region With Grant

Tennessee Tech has been awarded a $1.8 million federal grant to create a new research and support facility for substance abuse. The Center for Addiction, Prevention, Research, and Support will work with students who are in recovery. Director Steven Seiler said the center will also provide support to substance abuse coalitions across the Upper Cumberland. “They’re highly competitive grants and ... Read More »

New Safe Dropboxes Installed For Old Prescriptions In Putnam

Power of Putnam wants you to know that you do not have to wait for Drug Take-Back days to drop off your old medication. Executive Director Bill Gibson said the organization has set up new safe drop-off locations for citizens to take their medication. Gibson said that the drop-off initiative is an effort to help combat the abuse of prescription ... Read More »

Addiction Problem In Putnam “Serious”; Awareness Event Thursday

Power of Putnam is hosting an Overdose Day awareness event Thursday at Dogwood Park. Executive Director Bill Gibson said that the event is in order to raise awareness for those affected by overdoses. He said that the event is also an effort to bring the community together to fight against drug addiction. Gibson said that drug addiction and overdoses are ... Read More »

Underage Drinking More Prevalent In UC Than Some Might Think

The state is kicking off back-to-school season with important messages about underage drinking, which is more of an issue in the Upper Cumberland than some might expect. Power of Putnam’s Makiah Prince said people tend to think that vaping and nicotine is a greater issue because it is more prevalent in school systems right now. Prince said teens typically perceive ... Read More »

Nothing About Me Without Me Youth Conference Friday

Power of Putnam presenting a youth conference the next two days promoting substance abuse prevention, mental health resources, and paths to community leadership. Conference Head Makiah  Prince said the summit will promote youth involvement in the decisions that affect them “That’s why the tagline is Nothing About Me Without Me, because none of these things that are dictating their future ... Read More »

Power Of Putnam Spreading Awareness For Drug Endangered Children

Power of Putnam working to spread education and awareness through a new Drug Endangered Children (DEC) grant. Coordinator Mateo Huerta said a drug-endangered child is defined as one who lives in or is exposed to an environment where drugs are present for any number of reasons, including trafficking and manufacturing. He said at least one in eight children across the ... Read More »

Power Of Putnam Sees Vaping As A Huge Issue With UC Children

Power of Putnam Executive Director Bill Gibson said opioid abatement money could be used to deploy research based strategies to reduce vaping. Upper Cumberland counties will soon receive its first share of settlement money from pharmaceutical distributors. Gibson said he believes some money should be used for cessation programs to help youth addicted to nicotine. “Vaping has become a huge ... Read More »