Town Hall Event Focuses on Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

Submitted on March 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Blake McMeans had his life shattered by alcohol and poor decision making. He will take his story to Volunteer State Community College for a town hall event in April. It's part of an effort to educate college students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, in partnership with the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition (SCADC) and the Community Anti-Drug Coalition Across Tennessee (CADCAT.)

McMeans was a teenager and star tennis player, looking forward to college and a possible sports career. He drank too much at a bar one night, ran his car off the road and into a tree. He stayed in a coma for three and a half months. Now he is largely confined to a wheelchair. He has turned in experience into a powerful message for young people.

The speaking engagement will be part of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Town Hall Event. An expert panel, including McMeans, will discuss the issues relating to underage use of drugs and alcohol in Sumner County. Another topic discussed will be binge drinking on college campuses.

The SAMHSA Town Hall Event will be April 19 at 12:15 p.m. It will be held in the Carpeted Dining Room of the Wood Campus Center, on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. The public is invited to attend. For more information call 615-230-3653.

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