September was National Recovery Month. 42% of Smith County adults surveyed in 2015 reported they have a family member that has an addiction. 30% of those addictions were related to opiates. According to the Tennessee Department of Health there were 33 overdose deaths in Smith County in 2016. From January 2015 through February 2016 our local EMS director reported that paramedics administered the opioid reversal medication Naloxone on 55 emergency calls.
The Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition sponsored a Candlelight Prayer Vigil Thursday, Sept. 28th at 6pm in front of the Historic Smith County Courthouse. Its purpose was for the whole community to come together and celebrate those in recovery, give hope and support to those who struggle in their recovery and remember the 33 Smith Countians who lost the battle with addiction. There is hope and support for addiction in Smith County.
Please contact the Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition at 615- 588-1622 for resources and assistance.