Holly Fletcher, Kristi L. Nelson and Anita Wadhwani May 24, 2017 A new report from the Tennessee Department of Health on drug overdose deaths sheds new light on the opioid epidemic plaguing the state, darkening the lines of an emerging portrait of the typical abuser killed by the powerful painkillers. The drug overdose fatalities are overwhelmingly […]
Tennessee To Receive $13.8 Million Aimed At Prescription Opioid Crisis
April 25, 2017 U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. has announced that the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be awarded $13.8 million through the 21st Century Cures Act to help combat the prescription opioid epidemic in Tennessee. This is the largest single federal funding increase for opioid […]
What Can We Do To Combat Opioid Addiction?
Opioid addiction is a growing problem in the United States and especially in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there has been a 220 percent increase in drug overdose deaths from 1999 to 2012, and in 2012, prescription opioids passed alcohol for the first time as the primary substance of abuse. This problem […]