Preventing Substance Abuse

The Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition’s prevents substance abuse by building strong partnerships to help support a healthy, drug-free community. 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