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An East Tennessee community is joining together to fight the growing problem of substance abuse.

The Rescue 180 Jefferson County Substance Abuse Coalition along with the White Pine Police held a town hall meeting on the subject Thursday.

A panel helped discuss solutions to drug problems in the area and touched on the topic of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. That's what happens when a pregnant woman abuses drugs or alcohol.

The groups say their goal is to work together to find solutions to drug problems in the Jefferson County area.

"It has no respector of persons, substance abuse, no classes anymore. You can't say 'oh those people over on the other side of the tracks'; it's everybody. It can happen in your own back yard. And if it hasn't touched someone you love yet, thank God but it probably will eventually," said Rev. Debra Shultz, director of Jefferson County Substance Abuse Coalition.

The town hall meeting included law enforcement representatives from Dandridge, Jefferson City and White Pine.

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