What We Do
The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition (RCADC) is a private, non-profit, grassroots corporation. The mission of RCADC is to reduce youth substance use; to educate and raise awareness of alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues; to promote community involvement; and to strengthen community partnerships and prevention strategies in Roane County.
Drug Free Communities – For the past ten years RCADC has been part of the Drug Free Communities program (DFC), a federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. The purpose of the DFC program is to strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth. Grants awarded through the DFC program are intended to support established community-based coalitions capable of effecting community-level change. The DFC program enables RCADC to work with leaders within Roane County to identify and address local youth substance use problems and create sustainable community-level change.
Community-Based Coalition Enhancement Grant to Address Local Drug Crisis (CARA) – This program was created by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. The goal of the program is to prevent and reduce the abuse of opioids or methamphetamines and the abuse of prescription medications among youth ages 12-18 in communities throughout the United States.
Grants awarded through the CARA Local Drug Crises program are intended as an enhancement to current or formerly funded Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant award recipients as established community-based youth substance use prevention coalitions capable of effecting community-level change.
RSVP Program- RCADC is part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) which was founded in 1971 and is one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) funds Senior Corps and RSVP is one of three Senior Corps programs. RCADC RSVP volunteers serve, without pay, in a variety of ways including:
- Developing and launching a media campaign focused on substance abuse prevention and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
- Distributing information at health fairs and community events on substance abuse prevention and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
- Planning and hosting a training for medical professionals on proper prescribing practices.
- Implementation of the “Count it! Lock it! Drop it!” campaign to encourage responsible storage and disposal of medications.
- Deliver trainings for community members on prevention basics and making referrals for treatment.
- Deliver substance abuse education and access to treatment focused on veterans.
- Recruit other individuals to volunteer for the RCADC RSVP.
As part of the Volunteer State, RCADC RSVP is proud to provide adults 55 and older with opportunities for meaningful volunteer service in Roane County.
Tennessee Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs – RCADC contracts with the State of Tennessee Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services under the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs grant (SPF Rx) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This program is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and work with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults. SPF Rx will also raise community awareness and bring prescription drug abuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents, prescribers and their patients.
Established Coalitions Block Grant – RCADC has a contract with the State of Tennessee Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services to increase prevention efforts in Roane County by focusing on the coordination and implementation of environmental strategies. Environmental strategies change the community environment by targeting community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies that tend to support social and health consequences of substance abuse in the community. Specifically, environmental strategies seek to limit access to substances and to change the culture and contexts within which decisions about substance use are made.
Prescription Drug Taskforce
The Prescription Drug Task Force is comprised of local physicians, pharmacists, law enforcement officers, and non-profit agencies focused on decreasing prescription drug abuse in Roane County. The goal of the task force is to increase the community’s awareness of prescription drug issues and to reduce the number of overdose deaths in Roane County.
Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based program designed to help people struggling with hurts, hang-ups, and habits by helping them navigate the recovery process. Celebrate Recovery is based on eight Recovery Principles that are aligned with the 12-step recovery process.
Positive Peer Pressure (P3)
P3 clubs have been initiated in the middle schools in Roane County. P3 clubs follow the curriculum of the nationally recognized Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) program. The mission of SADD is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with issues surrounding underage drinking, drug use, impaired driving and other destructive behaviors. Funding for many P3 activities is provided by the East Tennessee Foundation.