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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2015

"Take A Stance" Campaign to Tackle Substance Abuse in Blount County

On Friday, July 31, the Blount County Community Health Initiative’s Substance Abuse Prevention Action Team (SAPAT) launched its new “Take A Stance” campaign designed to prevent substance abuse in Blount County.

The community-wide program is a collaborative effort between SAPAT, Blount Memorial Hospital, Blount Discount Pharmacy, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, the Alcoa and Maryville Police Departments, the Blount County Health Department, Blount Partnership, area school systems, and several local businesses, all of which have combined to help spread the “Take A Stance” message.

The “Take A Stance” campaign looks to spread the message that substance abuse can be prevented if everyone simply takes a stance. Parents can take a stance by locking up their medicine and liquor cabinets to keep those substances out of the wrong hands. Teens can take a stance by pledging to remain drug-, alcohol- and substance-free. Local businesses can take a stance by preventing the sale of alcohol and other substances to minors. And local law enforcement agencies can take a stance by continuing their efforts to keep families in our communities safe from substance abuse and substance abusers.

The campaign will see the “Take A Stance” logo strategically placed throughout Blount County, including on billboards, yard signs outside homes and businesses, and on many vehicles operated by local law enforcement agencies. Local middle and high school students also will be sporting wristbands and T-shirts bearing the “Take A Stance” logo, all in effort to remind everyone in our community that substance abuse can be prevented if we simply all choose to take a stance.

For more information about the “Take A Stance” campaign, contact Jessica Stith Belitz at or 865-977-5745.

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