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Boys & Girls Club in Tennessee receives grant to address opioid, substance misuse prevention
By Jeaneane Payne

The Boys & Girls Club in Tennessee has been awarded a grant by the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. The club will deliver its Prevention Works Program, a ten session curriculum addressing opioid and substance misuse prevention, to 300 youth, teens and their families across nine at-risk counties in Tennessee. In 2016, these nine counties had 184 drug overdose deaths; 136 of which were opioid-related.

The AmerisourceBergen Foundation awarded the Boys & Girls Club in Tennessee this grant through its Opioid Resource Grant Program, which enables the Foundation to support and advance ideas from innovative nonprofits in an effort to redefine best practices in the fight against the opioid epidemic. As part of its commitment to combat opioid misuse, the Foundation partners with nonprofits at the local and national level to bolster efforts that address the issue through safe disposal, education around prevention and innovative solutions.

“Education is an invaluable tool in combatting the opioid crisis. The Foundation is committed to working to support organizations embedded in their efforts to raise awareness of the intricacies of the issue and put into place harm-reduction strategies through educating citizens,” said Gina Clark, President of the AmerisourceBergen Foundation. “These grants enable many diverse organizations to bring evidence-based education programs to our young people and the providers who care for all of us. We believe these organizations, along with the education programs they provide, can drive sustained positive impact around the issue of opioid misuse for years to come.”

The Boys & Girls Club in Tennessee was one of 30 non-profit organization to receive a grant from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation.

Published March 9, 2019

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