Tennessee is ranked among the top two states in painkiller prescription rates.
Tennessee has made progress in fighting the opioid epidemic.
The state has declared the massive problem the No. 1 public health crisis in the state and painkiller prescriptions have fallen from 8.5 million to 7.8 million over the past three years.
Companies like BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee are funding efforts to keep prescription drugs from the wrong hands and medical schools are working with a future generation of doctors to curb overprescribing pills.
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