Preventing Substance Abuse

Supporting a Healthy Community

The Williamson Prevention Coalition and the Robertson County Prevention Coalition work to prevent substance abuse by building strong partnerships to help support a healthy, drug-free community.

Together, we envision a community free of substance addiction, misuse and related problems.

Robertson County Prevention Coalition

We work collaboratively to reduce or prevent the harms associated with substance use and abuse through education, supportive intervention efforts and advocacy.

The Robertson County Prevention Coalition is a member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee. We’re working to provide at least one of our council members the opportunity to become a Certified Prevention Specialist through the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium.

Williamson Prevention Coalition

We implement effective strategies that prevent substance abuse among 14- to 18-year-olds with a focus on three main areas: binge drinking, tobacco abuse and prescription drug abuse.

Did you know?

17 percent of Williamson County adults admit to excessive drinking, compared to the state’s rate of 14 percent.*

Currently, 19 percent of Williamson County children ages 14 to 18 reported drinking in the last month with 14 being the average age of initiation—compared to the state and national averages of 9 and 8 percent, respectively.**

That’s why United Way partners with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to help support a healthy, drug-free community.

*2019 Vanderbilt Community Health Needs Assessment of Williamson County
**2018-19 TN Together Student Survey

we’re seeing results


Permanent drug take-back boxes hosted in community


Home medication lockboxes distributed to individuals and families


Pounds of unused/expired medications recovered through Drug Take-Back program since 2014


Youth participated in drug, tobacco/vaping and alcohol prevention and awareness activities