SYNERGIES, a non-profit corporation based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, founded the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC) in Austin, Texas in 1992. The NIPC grew from a state-wide prevention project in Texas called the Texas Prevention Partnership. THE NIPC is a public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the under publicized problem of inhalant use.
The NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops informational materials, disseminates an electronic newsletter, NIPC UPDATE, and provides training and technical assistance. The NIPC founded and leads National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week ® (NIPAW) a week-long national grassroots inhalant education and awareness campaign.
NIPC works with state agencies, schools, businesses, trade associations, media, civic organizations, law enforcement, Poison Control Centers and interfaith groups throughout the country to educate and devise multifaceted awareness and prevention campaigns designed to educate youth and adults about the debilitating effects of these dangerous gateway drugs. NIPC also provides inservice training for educators.
Through NIPC's INHALANT UPDATE electronic newsletter, resource bank, media relations, targeted initiatives and national contacts, NIPC puts organizations and individuals in touch with the latest research, the best ideas and news of successful programs to enhance local efforts.
NIPC can be reached at:
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
318 Lindsay Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
phone: 800.269.4237 or 423.265.4662
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