Reduction in Youth Substance Use
Savings In Public Burden Spending For Every Dollar Spent On Prevention
Total Volunteer Hours
Making a Difference
ASAP is proud to be a part of community that truly cares about preventing substance misuse. The ASAP coalition’s impact has been recognized locally and nationally for our prevention outcomes.
In August 2018, ASAP of Anderson Executive Director, Stephanie Strutner, was invited to meet with President Trump at the White House to discuss effective prevention strategies and to announce the new 2018 Drug Free Communities (DFC Grantees). In July 2018, ASAP worked with community partners to launch R2: Resilience and Recovery program, the first Family Drug Treatment Court in Anderson County. Strutner was also recognized as National Advocate of the Year in 2016. ASAP of Anderson was awarded the prestigious GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence award by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) in 2015.
Explore Our Impact to learn more about ASAP of Anderson’s accomplishments over the past decade of prevention work.
National Advocate of the Year
STRUTNER NAMED THE 2016 ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR BY COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG COALITIONS OF AMERICA
Award recognizes individuals who are exceptional advocates for drug prevention field
Stephanie Strutner was named the 2016 Advocate of the Year by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the nation’s leading substance misuse prevention organization representing over 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the country. She accepted the award on Thursday, February 4 during CADCA’s 26th annual National Leadership Forum at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
Stephanie Strutner accepted CADCA’s National Advocate of the Year Award in National Harbor, Maryland on February 4, 2016.
This award recognizes substance misuse prevention leaders who are exceptional advocates for our field, forging relationships and educating their elected officials throughout the year about key substance use-related issues and helping to ensure that Members of Congress understand the importance of community coalitions.
Strutner is the Executive Director of Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention of Anderson County, Tennessee. She has worked in the field of prevention for over ten years.
“CADCA is thrilled to be able to recognize Strutner this year at our most important training event. Strutner is a tireless advocate for the substance misuse prevention field and her efforts have made a tremendous national impact,” said CADCA’s Chairman and CEO, Gen. Arthur T. Dean.
“I am honored to be awarded as CADCA’s Advocate of the Year, but more importantly, thankful for the opportunity to provide valuable information to our elected officials which enables them to make informed decisions that improve the health and safety of our communities.”
Strutner was selected for this award for her efforts in advocating for policies related to reducing prescription drug misuse in Tennessee and for working with Senator Alexander’s staff to provide information on the importance of substance use-specific language related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was included in the Act for the first time last year.
Coalition of the Year
ASAP COALITION PRESENTED PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM COMMUNITY ANTI-DRUG COALITIONS OF AMERICA IN 2015
ASAP of Anderson was awarded the GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence award by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). ASAP won in the “Milestones Award” category for their efforts to reduce underage drinking rates in the community.
Sponsored by CADCA’s National Coalition Institute, the GOT OUTCOMES! Awards give national recognition to coalitions that make a strong case for their contribution to population-level substance outcomes by utilizing an inclusive, data-driven, and comprehensive community problem solving process. Coalitions complete a competitive and rigorous two-phase application process and are judged by a panel of experts at the federal, state and local levels. “Reducing youth drug use is no easy task but by implementing effective strategies, ASAP achieved impressive results reducing underage drinking in their community. CADCA is proud to call this coalition a member of ours and we are excited to be able to honor them with this award,” said Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA’s chairman and CEO.
Pictured left to right: General Arthur T. Dean, Stephanie Strutner, Chief Vaughn Becker, Jen Laurendine, Stacey Pratt, Kim Pouncey, Michael Foster, Bill Hall, Tim Isbel
ASAP coalition members identified that local businesses were a point of access of alcohol for adolescents, primarily due to the lack of training resources available locally to clerks. Through partnering with TopShelf Responsible Beverage Service and Beer Boards, the ASAP coalition was able to make a training program available within the county and through the Underage Drinking Task Force, worked with County Commission and City Councils to pass ordinances mandating responsible alcohol sales training. “Local businesses were key in helping identify problems and help develop solutions. Their embrace of this initiative ultimately ensured its success,” said Stephanie A. Strutner, Executive Director of ASAP of Anderson.
Strutner went on to say, “ASAP is honored to be recognized with this prestigious award. We are delighted to be the recipient of the “Milestones Award” recognizing the achievements of our partners; more importantly, we are thrilled our efforts have made strides in reducing underage drinking and related negative consequences in our community. The greatest praise is due to our partners, without whom, this award would have never been possible. From planning to implementation, they are our boots on the ground.” Strutner said a special expression of gratitude should be extended to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Oliver Springs Police Department, Norris Police Department, Rocky Top Police Department, Oak Ridge Police Department, local Beer Board members, Kim Pouncey with TopShelf Responsible Beverage Service, Catherine Brunson, Underage Drinking Task Force members and local businesses.
The coalition received their award on-stage during the Awards Luncheon at CADCA’s 2015 National Leadership Forum, held Feb. 2-5 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center just outside of Washington, D.C. The coalition continues to collaborate with community partners to maintain alcohol outlet compliance in an effort to keep underage drinking at a minimum.
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A Benefit: Cost Analysis of Substance Misuse Prevention in Anderson County, TN
Substance Misuse Prevention coalitions in Tennessee have initiated favorable reductions in adolescent substance misuse over the past decade. Coalition work includes strengthening collaboration among community sectors by working at the grassroots level and utilizing environmental strategies to achieve population-level reductions in youth substance use. Based on the Strategic Prevention Framework model of change, coalitions have proven to utilize funds effectively, producing a benefit: cost ratio of $4.60 in savings in the state of Tennessee.
For every dollar invested in substance misuse prevention in Anderson County, Tennessee, a savings of $17.73 in public burden spending is realized.
Past 30 Day Substance Use Among Youth in Anderson County 2012 vs 2014
Shoveling Up the Consequences
A study completed by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) finds, “for every dollar the federal and state governments spent on prevention and treatment, they spent $59.83 shoveling up the consequences” of our failure to prevent and treat the problem.
The largest impact on spending to “shovel up” the consequences of substance use “would be to make significant investments in prevention to help avoid the costs altogether.”
The work of coalitions implementing comprehensive, multi-faceted strategies to affect youth substance misuse have been proven to be effective in utilizing public funds to reduce youth substance use. Sustainability, however, is integral to the success of maintaining these significant reductions. Coalitions continue to face challenges in securing funding to help their community identify local solutions to address their unique substance misuse challenges.
Four Core Measures
ASAP uses four core measures used to measure youth use of alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, and marijuana.
The percentage of youth who report using alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or prescription drugs at least once in the 30 days immediately preceding the survey date.
The percentage of youth who think there is moderate or great risk in binge drinking, smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day, smoking marijuana once or twice a week, or using prescription drugs not prescribed to them.
The percentage of youth who report that their parents feel regular use of alcohol is wrong or very wrong, and report that their parents feel any use of cigarettes, marijuana, or unprescribed prescription drugs is wrong.
The percentage of youth who report that their friends feel regular use of alcohol is wrong or very wrong, and report that their friends feel any use of cigarettes, marijuana, or unprescribed prescription drugs is wrong.
PRIDE Survey Data
Nationally, fewer teens smoke cigarettes than smoke marijuana (NIDA, Drug Facts: High School and Youth Trends); however, we observe the opposite in Anderson County (Anderson County Risk and Protective Factors Questionnaire). Between 2016 and 2018, youth reports of past 30-day use of e-cigarettes nearly doubled from 5.7% to 11.8% (PRIDE Survey, 2018)
Perception of Risk
Perception of Risk measures how much risk students associate with use. Historically, when the perception of risk is high, the prevalence of use is low. This graph illustrates students who associate “moderate” or “great risk” with use. Although adolescents may understand the riskiness of their behavior and estimate their perception of risk at a similar level to adults, there are different factors they face (such as anxiety in social situations, peer pressures, sensitivity to impulsiveness, etc.) that make them prone to taking risks.
Anderson County PRIDE Survey Report 2018
Perception of Parent Approval/Disapproval
Perception of Parent Disapproval measures how much students perceive their parents to approve or disapprove of their drug or alcohol use. Research indicates when perceived disapproval is high, the prevalence of use is low. This graph illustrates students who believe their parents would identify their drug use as “wrong” or “very wrong.” In some studies, parental disapproval had a stronger effect on alcohol use in earlier vs. later adolescence (Mrug & McCay. 2013).
Anderson County PRIDE Survey Report 2018
Perception of Peer Approval/Disapproval
Perception of Peer Disapproval measures how much students perceive their peers to approve or disapprove of their drug or alcohol use. This graph illustrates students who believe their peers would identify their drug use as “wrong” or “very wrong.”
Anderson County PRIDE Survey Report 2018
Compared to 2017, in 2018 there were 1.5 million more adolescent e-cigarette users (CDC, Tobacco Use by Youth Rising). Although nationally, tobacco product use is increasing through e-cigarettes, we are still seeing a decrease in tobacco use. This is also observed in Anderson County (Anderson County Risk and Protective Factors Questionnaire).
Anderson County PRIDE Survey Report 2018
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TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Fast Facts
Fast Facts provides a quick overview of key statistics about TDMHSAS funded mental health and substance misuse services in Tennessee as well as budget and service information for the Tennessee Department of Mental health and Substance-Abuse Services.
2010 – Fourth Quarter