ASAP Youth Ambassadors meet with Lt. Governor McNally in Nashville

Pictured in back are, from left: Stacey Pratt, Michael Foster, Adyn Krause, Grace Duncan, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, Rosalia Otaduy-Ramirez, Matthew Calhoun, and Merritt Philpot. In the middle row are, from left: Tribby Kelly, Shayla Sanderson, Audrey Bufton, Alexis Hammond, Manshi Patel, Lesly Chavez, Elizabeth Lowman, and Megan Nash. In the front row are, from left: Kim Pouncey, Jennifer Burnette, Stephanie Strutner, and Johanna Cimilluca.
Coalition members, staff, and youth ambassadors from ASAP of Anderson travelled to Nashville last month to join coalitions across the state for Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) Day on the Hill.

ASAP Youth Ambassadors sat down with Lt. Governor Randy McNally to advocate for substance misuse prevention in our community. The students brought up several issues including concerns about electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), tobacco, ketamine, alternative opioid treatments, and medical marijuana.

Lt. Governor listened intently as each student gave facts and personal accounts to illustrate the effects of these substances and suggested policy improvements to keep themselves, their fellow students and their community safe and healthy.

In addition, Youth Ambassadors also expressed their concerns and had their voices heard in meetings with both Representative John Ragan and Representative Dennis Powers.

The students strongly advocated for primary prevention of substance misuse in Anderson County and across Tennessee.

PAT Day on the Hill is an annual event that coordinates anti-drug coalitions from across Tennessee to educate policy makers on the importance of prevention and how Tennessee’s coalitions like ASAP of Anderson are making a difference and showing strong return on investment for primary prevention dollars.

In Anderson County, for every dollar spent on primary prevention there is a return of $17.73.

ASAP of Anderson also attended the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Dinner on Wednesday evening where we were able to support the Chamber and speak to substance misuse prevention priorities.

For more information, contact ASAP of Anderson at 865-457-3007,, or visit Follow ASAPofAnderson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.