Tazewell County - SATIRA:  Substance Abuse Force in Rural Appalachia

To implement and facilitate school, family and community partnerships to promote healthy, safe and drug-free lifestyles for the well being of all Tazewell County residents.
GOALS:  SATIRA has five (5) main goals:
  1. Educate and enable youth to reject illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco (ATOD).
  2. Increase media partnerships and public relations that target the use of illegal drugs.
  3. Increase parental (caregiver) education and support regarding drug and alcohol use.
  4. Improve the coordination and collaboration among all sectors of the community.
  5. Maintain a clearinghouse of ATOD education, information, resources and drug/alcohol and other prevention related issues.

Grant to help deter Tazewell youths from drugs, alcohol

In 2012, more than 21 percent of Tazewell High School students and almost 20 percent of Tazewell Middle School students said in a survey they had ridden in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking. A major grant announced Monday could help a local organization steer young people away from substance abuse and other dangerous behavior.

The Substance Abuse Taskforce in Rural Appalachia (SATIRA) in Tazewell County has received a $625,000 Drug-Free Communities Support Grant to help involve the local community to prevent substance abuse among youth, said Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) said Monday.

 The grant was among those presented to 147 communities and 19 new DFC Mentoring grants across the country. The awards announced Monday are in addition to the $59.4 million in continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions and four DFC Mentoring continuation coalitions.    Click here to read more