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Volume I, Issue 1
A Publication by the

December 2011

The Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals (TADCP) is launching a new quarterly newsletter, and we welcome your contributions!
We need articles pertaining to all aspects of drug courts in Tennessee, including: • Recovery • Legal Issues • Drug Abuse Identification • Trends • Management Type • Funding Tips • LOCAL DRUG COURT NEWS Graduations, Success Stories, Your Drug Court Heroes • News on Participants • News on Team Members • General Advice and ANYTHING NEWSWORTHY OR HELPFUL to Your Fellow Drug Court Professional!

The 23rd District Drug Court welcomed Participants, Team Members, and their families to the Annual Drug Court Picnic at the Cumberland Furnace Community Center on a recent Sunday afternoon in late October. The weather was beautiful, the surrounding hillside was colorful with fall foliage, and the barbecue chicken was delicious! The crowd was entertained by an awesome band, while activities like basketball and a horseshoe tournament gave everyone a great physical workout. The event was capped off with a powerful meeting just as the sun began to set on the horizon.

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to be included in the quarterly newsletter

Inside This Issue
31st Judicial Program Awarded Grant 2 TADCP To Host A Day On Capitol Hill 2 Synthetic Drug Seminar 3

NASHVILLE - In an effort to fight prescription drug abuse and misuse in Tennessee, representatives from the Governor’s Office, Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Department of Mental Health recently attended the first meeting of the Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force in Ashland, KY. Tennessee joins Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia in forming a multi-state alliance to fight prescription drug abuse on several fronts. Law enforcement officials consider prescription drug abuse an increasing problem in Tennessee, which consistently ranks as one of the top states in the country for the use of prescribed medications. According to the Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force, in 2009 Tennessee ranked second in the nation with 17.3 retail prescriptions written per person compared with a national average of 12.0. Since 2008 the top three controlled substances prescribed in Tennessee have been the pain medications Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and Oxycodone. Another problem is Tennessee’s close proximity to other states. Tennessee borders eight states, and five major interstates run through it, making it a major drug trafficking corridor. Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons believes it is imperative to join other states to fight prescription drug abuse. “This is a battle Tennessee can’t fight by itself. We are seeing an increasing number of prescription drugs coming in from other states on our interstates, especially I-75. We must join forces with neighboring states to fight this problem head on,” Commissioner Gibbons said. Gibbons heads the Governor’s public safety sub-cabinet working group which is developing a statewide plan to tackle several public safety concerns, including prescription drug abuse. At the recent meeting, representatives from each state discussed prescription drug monitoring, treatment for addiction, educational strategies, and accurate data collection. Further meetings will include discussions on multi-state goals and initiatives to curb the influx of illegal prescription drugs as well as ways to better share information and resources between the states.
Source: TN.gov Newsroom

TADCP Scholarships 3 Graduations Tennessee Drug Climate Membership Application Graduate Letters 3 4 4 4

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The 31st Judicial District Drug Court Program’s Director C. Brad Price is pleased to announce that the Drug Court Program, in collaboration with Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Services (Cheer Mental Health), have been awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $1,200,000. The grant was awarded from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The Adult Treatment Collaborative Court Grant (ATCC) will serve adults, ages 18 and older who are involved in the criminal justice system experiencing symptoms of mental health conditions, substance abuse addictions, or co-occurring disorders. Remediation of recidivism and increased community safety via a comprehensive, recovery-oriented service continuum supported by a strong community-based collaboration is the overarching goal of this project. The project will provide supportive services and treatment to adults in the Van Buren and sibility through treatment and education. Warren County communities, increasing The drug court serves as an alternative to opportunities for long-term recovery. incarceration and traditional prosecution We anticipate this project will signifito offenders with substance abuse probcantly reduce the incidents of recidivism lems. The drug court guides the particiin the local jail system, impact re-admispant through the program, but in the end sion rates for treatment of psychiatric and the participant has the final responsibility addictive disorders as well as reduce over- to be motivated and committed to change all criminal justice involvement among his or her lifestyle to become Drug-Free. individuals participating in the project, Since becoming operational in July said Vickie Harden, Sr. Vice President of 2004, the Drug Court Program has mainClinical Services, Volunteer Behavioral tained an 85% graduation rate. Of the Health Care System. The 31st Judicial individuals who have graduated from the District Drug Court Program was one of Drug Court Program, 75% of the Drug 11 Drug Court’s in the United States Court graduates have not re-offended after awarded this highly five years from completing Since becoming operational in the Drug Court Program. competitive grant, and the only Drug With the award of the Adult July 2004, the Drug Court Court in the state Treatment Collaborative Program has maintained an of Tennessee, said Court Grant (ATCC), we are 85% graduation rate. C. Brad Price, anticipating even higher perDirector of the Drug Court Program. centages of individuals successfully comThe 31st Judicial District Drug Court pleting the Drug Court Program and Program is an adult court designed to pro- remaining Drug Free, Price said. mote self-sufficiency and personal respon-

The Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals will be hosting a day on Capitol Hill in Nashville on Wednesday, April 11th for all Drug Court Professionals. Beginning at 8 a.m. there will be a continental breakfast for all drug court professionals. As the legislators begin their committee meetings, drug courts are invited to set up tables in the "Power Hallway" where deals are made and broken! You may highlight your drug court to the legislators and bring a graduate or participant who can tell the legislators what the program has meant to them. You may attend committee meetings and find out how your government really works! At noon, all drug court professionals and all legislators are invited to a catered lunch of fried chicken and delicious sides and desserts. Yum! West Huddleston, CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals will be our speaker, along with Judge Seth Norman of Nashville’s DC4 Program. After our program, make appointments with your representatives and let them know how successful and life-changing this program is!
You will be responsible for your own travel and lodging expenses. More Details to Come!!!!

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The following prices are for TADCP members: Access - $88 per level per student Word - $58 per level per student Excel - $68 per level per student OLA Access - $67 per user for Online Anytime
Feel free to call or email for any additional information:


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The Rutherford County Drug and DUI Court pants have programs hosted a seminar on November 10th b o u g h t about the synthetic drug problem in Rutherford these drugs County. The speakers were Det. Greg Flanagan, from one Murfreesboro Police Department; John Taylor, particular market with their food stamp card. Mr. TBI; Trey King, State Attorney General’s office; King thought this might be worth pursuing. and Brook W. and her son Dylan. In attendance We also heard from Mrs. W. and her son were the Drug and DUI Court Staff, representa- Dylan. Dylan was a 3.9 GPA in high school and tives from the Social Work Department at MTSU, got a full scholarship to MTSU. His parents are and a representative from the Community Anti- both teachers in the Rutherford County School Drug Coalition of Rutherford County. Judge Don District. Dylan was introduced to synthetic stimAsh, representatives from the District Attorney‚s ulants in December of 2010 and by February office, the Public 2011, he was in full-blown Defender’s office, and the addiction with a $1,500 a Sherriff’s Department were Mr. King stated that Rutherford month habit. His mother unable to attend. County has the worst problem described their trials and The speakers went over in the state, probably due to tribulations. Dylan has just the recent raid of convencompleted rehab at a facility ience stores in Rutherford the presence of MTSU and an in Nashville and is actively abundance of Chemistry County and what they in a recovery program. found. The have identified Unfortunately he has lost Majors. over 200 distinct types of his scholarship to MTSU synthetic drugs available for and must start all over. sale in Rutherford County. They also educated us Their story was touching and helped us all about the recent laws that were enacted to help remember why we are in this fight on a daily fight this problem. We viewed videos on the web basis. that teach anyone how to make the stuff. Several Mr. King stated that Rutherford County has the popular brands are made right here in worst problem in the state, probably due to the Murfreesboro, approximately 600 yards from our presence of MTSU and an abundance of chemdrug court office! Currently this is a misde- istry majors. This is now a question we ask on meanor charge, so prosecution has been practical- our assessments and we test for these substances ly non-existant. However, we were able to share when use is suspected. with law enforcement that several of our partici-

The Williamson County General Sessions DUI Court held its first graduation ceremony on September 22, 2011 to honor five participants who completed the 11/29-day program. Judge Denise Andre, who has presided over the DUI Court since it accepted its first participants in August 2010 addressed the approximate 130 guests in attendance. Country music singer T. Graham Brown was the keynote speaker. Rep. Charles Sargent presented the graduates with a special certificate congratulating them on their accomplishment. The five graduates, three men and two women, had 100 percent passing drug and alcohol screens during their time in DUI Court. Since completing the program, four of the five graduates have had their driver’s licenses restored. One obtained a GED and one had a professional license restored.
City of Jackson Drug Treatment Court 2011 Graduation Celebration
On Friday, October 28, 2011, over 100 people gathered to recognize and celebrate 11 graduates from the City of Jackson Drug Treatment Court program. For each graduate, the celebration marked the completion of approximately 12 months of intensive supervision, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, and full accountability. Councilman Scott Conger read a proclamation from Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist and Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris declaring that the day was "City of Jackson Drug Treatment Court Day". The keynote address was delivered by State Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, who spoke to the graduates on the importance of finding and having a purpose in their lives. One of the current graduates spoke to the crowd about his DTC experience and commented that while in jail, other inmates advised him not to enter the DTC program. He stated, "It was everything they (the other inmates) told me it was and worse. But it was what I needed." Drug Treatment Court Judge Blake Anderson was presented with a journal containing words of thanks from each graduate and their thoughts on how much the program meant to them. Judge Anderson shared words of encouragement with the graduates and current participants reminding them how proud he is of each of them for their accomplishments. Not only was this a celebration of the current graduates and participants, but it was also an opportunity to recognize DTC graduates from years past, many of whom were in attendance. In addition, the City of Jackson Drug Treatment Court staff acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the Treatment Team members, most of whom volunteer their time every week to the participants and the mission of the Drug Treatment Court. Judge Anderson and the DTC staff extend their thanks to all those who contributed to making the ceremony relevant and meaningful to the DTC graduates, participants, and their families. This was, after all, not a celebration of drug court itself, but a celebration of the individuals whose lives are forever changed through the drug court process.

1. There will be a total of eight (8) scholarships which will pay the registration fee for the 2012 NADCP Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Four (4) scholarships will be drawn randomly and four (4) scholarships will be based on merit. TADCP board members are not eligible to receive either type scholarship, nor are they eligible to nominate candidates for the merit scholarships. Scholarships are non-transferrable. 2. The winners of four (4) random drawing scholarships will be selected from among TADCP members who have maintained their membership during 2011 and 2012. The random drawing scholarship covers the NADCP Annual Conference registration fee only. All travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the random drawing scholarship winner. Winners must be willing to attend the full conference. Random drawing scholarships are nontransferrable. 3. The winners of four (4) merit scholarships will be selected by the TADCP Board of Directors. Nominees for the merit scholarships are not required to be TADCP members. Nominations must be emailed to [email protected] by March 1, 2012, and must explain in detail how the nominee meets the following criteria: • Be associated with an existing Drug Court Program in Tennessee • Demonstrate a commitment for the advancement of Drug Courts • Have a history of community service • Motivate and inspire co-workers, volunteers and participants • Serve as an advocate or champion for Drug Courts The merit scholarship covers the NADCP Annual Conference registration fee only. All travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the merit scholarship winner. Winners must be willing to attend the full conference. Merit scholarships are non-transferrable.

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The primary drug of abuse in the State of Tennessee is cocaine, and to a lesser extent, crack. Many of the violent crimes in the state are directly associated with the distribution and abuse of cocaine and crack cocaine. ited. The drugs of choice for the local addict population are diverted pharmaceutical drugs, such as Percodan, Percocet, and Oxycodone. been estimated that there is at least one methamphetamine lab either located or seized somewhere in the state every day.

Second only to cocaine trafficking in the State of Tennessee is the local manufacturing of methamphetamine. Clandestine meth labs in central and southeastern Tennessee have reached epidemic proportions. It has

Tennessee has a growing “Club Drugs” problem, with MDMA (ecstasy), LSD and GHB being the most common drugs of abuse.

Locally grown cannabis has been Tennessee’s largest cash crop for the past ten years, surpassing even tobacco.
Source: National Drug Abuse Index

Heroin abuse in the State of Tennessee is lim-

A one-year membership to TADCP is $25 per person. An organizational membership from 1/01/2012 - 12/31/2012 is $200 for 2-10 members and $10 for each additional member greater than 10. Please make checks payable to TADCP.
Is this application for an individual membership or orgranizational membership? Individual ❑ Organizational ❑ Please specify the membership organization_______________________________________________________
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Dear Lord, so far today I haven’t cursed, stole, or used drugs. I haven’t lost my temper, became depressed or took your name in vane. I have yet to give in to my addiction today, but I have just opened my eyes. In a few minutes I’m going to get out of bed, and then on, Lord, I’m going to need a lot of help. I am so thankful to know you will be right there with me. One step at a time. One day at a time. Brandon Pierce This disease is killing me / comin’ takin’ everything swiftly / It hides in the shadows but it’s always there / It can be the dope on the table or just that cold stare / Spoons and syringes tools of the trade / Anything to make reality fade / Shootin’ dope in a house with no water and no power / Kids wondering why Daddy’s been in the kitchen for an hour / Soon the kids are gone and the dope is done / Now if only I hadn’t sold that .50 cal. gun / Now I’m left alone just me and my disease / I cry out Oh Dear Lord one more...please / Next thing I’m in handcuffs hauled off to jail / Thank you lord for gettin’ me outta that hell / Now recovery is somethin’ I must keep / I can’t afford to get high, not even in my sleep / My disease is always there waitin’ on one little slip / So quick how my mindset can flip / One day at a time is how I’m gonna make it / Cause I’ve got a disease and I can’t shake it. Jenett Ogle

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