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National Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day: April 26


State Representative Mary Littleton will read the proclamation on Wednesday (Photo: Staff)


Last year, 42,581 allegations of Drug Endangered Children were reported in the state of Tennessee. This Wednesday, as part of the observance of National Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day, various landmarks across the state will be lit up in red. The event, sponsored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation/ Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force, and TN Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, will include a reading of the proclamation by Representative Mary Littleton of the DEC Awareness Day Resolution.

DATE: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

TIME: 4:00 p.m. Central Time

LOCATION: Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville

Later in the evening, landmarks across the state will be lit up in red in observance of DEC Awareness Day Wednesday night, including the Korean War Memorial Bridge - Nashville, The Pyramid - Memphis, Eiffel Tower – Paris, TN, Ferris Wheel/ The Island – Pigeon Forge, and TN Aquarium – Chattanooga.


*1 in 8 children live in households with at least one parent who has a substance use disorder.


*1 in 10 children live in households with at least one parent who has an alcohol use disorder.


*1 in 35 children live in households with at least one parent who has an illicit drug use disorder.


*The primary challenge with drug endangered children is in identifying children at risk and coordinating the various systems and disciplines charged with intervening and providing services to these children and families.


*The goal of TN Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (TADEC) is to implement a proactive approach for addressing the needs of our state’s children to prevent exposure to human trafficking and the dangerous drug epidemic. The TADEC approach is to focus on the formation of community-based partnerships to engage professionals from multiple disciplines in developing a collaborative effort to rescue, defend, shelter, and support children living in drug environments.


*Through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program for Opioid Affected Youth Initiative, and additional funding from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, there are now seven drug endangered children response team communities in the state.


How to help: If you suspect a child is drug-endangered, contact 1-877-866-6384, or to report suspected child abuse and neglect, contact the Tennessee Department of Children's Services at 1-877-237-0004.







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