Community organization name
Power of Putnam
Tell us a little more about this organization. Please include detailed ways in which this organization makes strides to make a positive impact in their community and what future goals are for this organization.
Since 2003 Power of Putnam (PoP) has been working to reduce substance abuse and promote recovery in Putnam County, Tennessee. We engage all sectors of the community with emphasis on inclusion and cultural competence. This agency frequently partners with Law Enforcement to solve problems and accomplish good outcomes for the community we serve together.
In 2015 Power of Putnam worked with the Cookeville Police Department (CPD) to equip the department with naloxone. According to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC), this made CPD the first agency in Tennessee to utilize naloxone for the sole purpose of assisting the public. In 2015 Police Officers administered naloxone on just 2 occasions. In 2021 these officers administered 105 doses in incidents involving 55 people and documenting 51 good results (breathing restored). Since the outset 109 people in final stage overdose have been restored.
In 2017 the “Your Life Matters” campaign was launched displaying signage on marked patrol cars encouraging those struggling with addiction to reach out. Through this partnership the officers received training on addiction and were supplied with resource materials to distribute to the public. We understand that our Police Officers have frequent contact with people in distressed situations involving substance abuse and addiction. This presents a lot of opportunities to reach people with good information and options.
In 2021 we partnered with The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Volunteer Behavioral Health and Putnam County Schools to train all School Resource Officers on prevention strategies and youth mental health first aid. This training allows these officers to maintain safer schools with skills to help identify and address escalating mental health issues early on.
The landscape of substance abuse constantly changes and in many ways becomes more difficult. Going forward we endeavor to stay ahead of the trends through constant data analysis and keeping our community partners informed and engaged in a focused and strategic effort to reduce substance misuse. This will include emphasis on our youth and working together to keep them safe.
If selected as a winner, how will the $7,500 prize money be applied?
We propose to use this funding in partnership with all LEAs to launch a multimedia campaign to warn the whole population of the escalating problem of Fentanyl laced counterfeit pills. This would utilize the DEA "One Pill Can Kill" campaign and localized information.