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Our Mission: The mission of the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force is to engage the Evansville community in working together to promote substance abuse awareness, education, prevention, and treatment.
Evansville is a wonderful community, and the majority of people in this area are healthy, law abiding citizens. However, we are faced with some complex problems that don’t have quick or easy solutions. One of those problems is substance abuse. In 2012, I launched the Mayor’s No Meth Task Force to address the consequences of methamphetamine production and addiction. Since then, the number of meth lab seizures has decreased dramatically. However, Evansville, like many other cities across the country, has seen an evolution in drug use from meth to other substances, including opioids. Alcohol abuse also continues to be a problem among citizens of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. In early 2017, I directed the No Meth Task Force to expand its mission and focus beyond just meth, and the group renamed itself the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force.
The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force (MSATF) includes representatives from these organizations:
MSATF.org exemplifies our community’s compassion, commitment, and ability to address the reality of substance abuse causes and effects. Individuals from elected offices, hospitals, private care facilities, public services, non-government organizations, higher education, and families facing substance use disorders worked together to bring this information to a community we all love. Evansville is a vibrant, diverse community and a great place to live. We want everyone in southwest Indiana to know that we are addressing substance use disorders and behavioral health issues as a community in a positive, proactive way to ensure "e" is for everyone. Select the "e is for everyone" logo for additional information about our community.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke held a news conference to announce the renamed Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force (formerly the Mayor’s No Meth Task Force), and its expanded mission and new website.
In a special segment, Bosse's EVSC Community Link interviews various people from the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force, including the Task Force's chairman Dr. Wooten, and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
(Interview Timestamp: The interview takes place from 6:00 to 11:03 in the video.)
USI Senior Jaelyn Smith is helping combat substance abuse
" ... 'Before I knew it, Dr. Wilson sent me more information and the link to apply for an AmeriCorps service project,' said Smith. In December 2017, she secured a full-time AmeriCorps position with 'United Against Opioids,' working with the Vanderburgh County Health Department in conjunction with the United Way of Southwestern Indiana and the Mayor’s Task Force Against Substance Abuse. In her role, she gathers and compiles data related to the opioid crisis in Vanderburgh County. She will use the data to create an asset map to serve as an opioid resource guide in the community."
Learn more about the purpose of the original Mayor’s No Meth Task Force
Disclaimer: The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force does not endorse any one method or approach to treatment and recovery over another. We hope that the information and resources we provide will help individuals and families make the decisions that are best for them.