About Our Coalition

Learn more about our Weakley County Prevention Coalition story, our members, and the missions we serve.

Trust Worthy

We are trusted in Weakley County to give the best tools and services for our mission of being drug-free.

Experienced

As one of the oldest coalitions in Tennessee, WCPC is a trusted community entity for prevention resources and education.

Professional

We keep our organization professional by providing the community with tools, resources, events, and knowledge.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance abuse and its consequences thereby enhancing the lives of youth and adults across Weakley County Tennessee. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is to create a safe, tobacco-free, and drug-free community by uniting individuals and groups toward a common goal.

The average age of initiation of prescription drug misuse

 

TN Together Survey 2018-2019

The average age of initiation for e-cigarette use

 

TN Together Survey 2018-2019

The average age of initiation for alcohol use

 

TN Together Survey 2018-2019

About Us

The Weakley County Prevention Coalition is one of only a very few original community-based prevention organizations in Tennessee, which began in the late 1980’s with the vision of the late Governor Ned Ray McWherter. The Coalition was formed in response to the alarming consequences individual communities encountered due to underage tobacco and alcohol use and the disturbing trends in marijuana and cocaine use and abuse by youth and adults. McWherter understood that by joining together community representatives were more knowledgeable as to the risk and protective factors impacting substance use issues. He also knew the state would be best served by recognizing successful efforts to reduce and/or eliminate the negative behaviors and consequences of the tobacco, alcohol, and substance abuse.

Today, the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is one of dozens of established coalitions in Tennessee, funded by state and federal grants to address tobacco, underage and binge drinking, and prescription drug misuse. WCPC also offers Lifeline Recovery services, as well as community Narcan training.

The mission of the Weakley County Prevention Coalition is to plan and implement strategies to prevent and reduce substance use and its consequences, thereby enhancing the lives of youth and adults across Weakley County. WCPC’s vision is to create a safe, tobacco and drug-free community by uniting individuals and groups toward a common goal. WCPC continues to educate the public about the latest trends in substance abuse and is constantly evolving to develop new helpful tools and resources that empower citizens and the local community in order to reduce and prevent drug and alcohol-related problems. WCPC is comprised of an ever-growing group of citizens representing all 12 community sectors with one common goal: to create a safer, healthier, drug-free community. WCPC is excelling at strengthening its presence and service to youth in Weakley County.

Do You Know Us?

Weakley County Prevention Coalition Board

CATHERINE JONES, WCPC CHAIR

Parental Involvement and Teacher Center Coordinator with Weakley County Schools

SUZANNE HARPER, WCPC VICE CHAIR

Director of PR/ Marketing with Twin Oaks Technology

MICHELLE THOMAS, TREASURER

Marketing Support Coordinator with SERVPRO

CHELSEA WHITE, SECRETARY

Public Health Educator with Weakley County Health Department

GARY EDDINGS, LAW ENFORCEMENT LIASON

Deputy with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department

A WORD FROM OUR VICE CHAIR

“I truly consider WCPC to be a cornerstone organization in Weakley County in their efforts to make our community safe, healthy and drug-free. It is an amazing thing to see all 12 sectors working together for the betterment of Weakley County and the future of our youth. Whether you are in the health-care field, work with the school system, or are a concerned parent – every single person in WCPC brings something essential to the table. We hope you consider WCPC to be a community resource, and also a much greater cause to be a part of. All are welcome!”

SUZANNE HARPER

A WORD FROM OUR secretary

I am so proud to be apart of an organization that’s always innovating. Watching the leadership adapt to the ‘new normal’ brought about by Covid-19 restrictions has been absolutely inspiring. I have the opportunity to work with counterparts from the nineteen rural counties in West Tennessee, and the Weakley County Prevention Coalition consistently receives praise for their accomplishments region, state, and nation wide.

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