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ASAP of Anderson Meets with Senators Alexander and Blackburn, Representative Fleischmann in D.C.

Press Release, Clinton, TN February 2019 – Coalition members and staff from ASAP of Anderson travelled to Washington D.C. this week to join over 2,800 substance misuse prevention specialists and advocates from across the country for CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s) 29th Annual National Leadership Forum.

On Tuesday, February 5th, the ASAP group attended Tennessee Tuesday, a weekly breakfast hosted by Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Marsha Blackburn and their staff. ASAP took this opportunity to advocate for prevention as a priority on the national agenda. Although treatment and recovery services are very important, communities cannot get ahead of the opioid epidemic or any other substance misuse issues without prevention. Prevention is a key component to preventing first use and reducing substance misuse overall in our communities.

Coalition members and staff also met with Representative Chuck Fleischmann and his staff on Wednesday, February 6th for Capitol Hill Day to convey a similar message. On his twitter account @RepChuck, the representative shared his perspective on the meeting saying “A key to preventing substance abuse in #TN03 schools is to ensure our future leaders are privy to conversations about the dangers of abuse & addiction. Today, I thanked members of @ScottCoSTAND & @ASAPofAnderson for their vigilance in combating substance abuse.”

In addition to these meetings, ASAP learned about a wide range of topics at the CADCA Forum conference, including hearing from Dr. Jerome M. Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Jim Carroll. ASAP of Anderson’s mission is to prevent and reduce substance misuse among youth and adults in Anderson County, and advocacy at the local, state and national levels is a key component of the coalition’s strategies for change. ASAP Coalition Members in attendance were Tribby Kelly, Family and Community Engagement Manager at Oak Ridge Schools Preschool; Brandon Pelizzari, Assistant District Attorney General for the State of Tennessee 8 th Judicial District; and Shayla Sanderson, Director of Coordinated School Health for Oak Ridge Schools. ASAP Staff Stephanie Strutner, Executive Director and Jennifer Burnette, Prevention Coordinator, were also in attendance.

For more information, contact ASAP of Anderson at 865-457-3007, ASAPofAnderson@gmail.com, or visit www.ASAPofAnderson.org. Follow ASAPofAndersom on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Pictured from left to right: Brandon Pelizzari, Jennifer Burnette, Stephnie Strutner, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Marsha Blackburn, Shayla Sanderson, and Tribby Kelly

Pictured from left to right: Stephanie Strutner, Brandon Pelizzari, Representative Chuck Fleischmann, Shayla Sanderson, Tribby Kelly, Jennifer Burnette

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