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Learn More About The HC Coalition's Nu-Start

The Hamilton County Coalition provides a host of initiatives and programs designed to empower recovery and prevent overdose, addiction, and death. The NU-START Program is one of The Coalition’s Initiatives offering comprehensive wrap-around services to those who need them most. You may be familiar with the phrase, “Wrap-around Services,” or you may have no clue what the term means.

Safe Stations! Get Help With Addiction @ Any firehouse - Any Day - Any Hour

The Chattanooga Fire Department and the Hamilton County Coalition’s Nu-Start program have partnered to launch the “Safe Stations” initiative in Chattanooga. “Safe Stations” make all fire stations within Chattanooga 24-hour havens, where anyone struggling with opioid addiction can be connected to treatment and recovery options.


McMinn County "Save A Life" Virtual Training

May 15 - Jun 19

Bledsoe County "Save A Life" Virtual Training

May 13 - Jun 18

Hamilton County "Save A Life" Virtual Training

From 12:00 am to 01:30 am

Bradley County "Save A Life" Virtual Training
5721 Marlin Rd Chattanooga

From 12:00 am to 01:30 am


The Hamilton County Coalition - Action Network
5721 Marlin Rd 6100 building, Suite 3200 Chattanooga, TN 37411

News & Updates

Addressing the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

Untreated drug and alcohol use contribute to tens of thousands of deaths every year and impact the lives of many more. Healthcare already has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that could prevent many of these deaths, but they are not being utilized widely enough, and many people who could benefit do not even seek them out. One important reason is the stigma that surrounds people with addiction.

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. Additionally, individuals with a substance use disorder are more likely to experience homelessness or incarceration than those in the general population, and these circumstances pose unique challenges regarding transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. All these possibilities should be a focus of active surveillance as we work to understand this emerging health threat.

NIDA launches drug education booklet series for middle school students

The Mind Matters series is a valued resource for tens of thousands of teachers. Each booklet is devoted to a specific drug or drug group. Hard copies of the booklets in English can be ordered for free and both English and Spanish booklets are available online as printable PDFs. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide, which includes background information and activities to enhance students’ learning, is available online in a printable PDF format.