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.
- Help the community acknowledge, understand, and effectively address the problem of substance abuse.
- Promote effective prevention strategies and programs.
- Help people access treatment and recovery options.
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.
Our Work Groups
The Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force has six work groups focused on: Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Prevention, Data Collection, MSATF.org, Long Term Treatment, and Substance Use in the Workplace.