We are grateful to have Miss Tennessee, Caty Davis, as our goodwill ambassador. Caty helps share our message of the importance of counting pills, locking them up, and dropping unused or expired medicines.
Caty is no stranger to opioid abuse – several of her family members struggled with addiction. Because of her personal experience, she became passionate about raising awareness about the dangers of addiction.
The roundtable discussion included Caty, Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee, representatives from Tullahoma industries, health care and the school system, and CLD program director Kristina Clark. There, Caty shared some of the challenges she faced by witnessing three generations of alcohol and opioid addiction. Caty is hopeful that her voice can make a positive impact on the lives of those who have loved ones struggling with addiction, young and old.
Caty has cultivated a message she calls the 4C’s in order to relate to children: “I didn’t cause it; I can’t cure it; but I can celebrate my life and make good choices.” For Caty, this mantra stands as a reminder to kids that they are in control of their own choices in life.
Together, CLD and Miss Tennessee are working to fight the opioid epidemic by changing the stigma surrounding substance abuse. That way, people who are struggling with or know someone struggling with substance abuse can reach out for help instead of feeling shameful.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, visit our resource page for more information.