USDA announces $643K for 6 opioid projects in Tennessee
USDA announces $643K for 6 opioid projects in Tennessee

Federal officials have announced $643,300 for six projects aimed at opioid prevention, treatment and recovery.

BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019
BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019

Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of an effort to combat opioid addiction.

Tennessee drug overdose deaths rise again in 2017 to 1,776
Tennessee drug overdose deaths rise again in 2017 to 1,776

The number of Tennessee residents who died of drug overdoses has risen more than 8 percent, setting another record in 2017.

New synthetic opioids are killing even more people, CDC says
New synthetic opioids are killing even more people, CDC says

Overdose victims may need extra naloxone, the agency warns.

Opioid measures among new Tennessee laws kicking in
Opioid measures among new Tennessee laws kicking in

Requirements aimed at curbing Tennessee's opioid epidemic are among more than 150 new laws taking effect.

Opioid overdose deaths may be undercounted by 70,000
Opioid overdose deaths may be undercounted by 70,000

In some states, many drug overdoses are so broadly classified that they are not being counted properly as opioid-related.

House passes massive package to address opioids crisis
House passes massive package to address opioids crisis

The vote represents the most ambitious congressional effort yet to combat the current epidemic.

New strategy in suing opioid maker blamed for addiction crisis: Target the family who runs it
New strategy in suing opioid maker blamed for addiction crisis: Target the family who runs it

The Sackler name is front and center in a lawsuit accusing the family and the company they own and run, Purdue Pharma, of helping to fuel the deadly opioid crisis.

Police arrest suspected suppliers in deadly opioid overdose case
Police arrest suspected suppliers in deadly opioid overdose case

CPD's Narcotics Unit investigation found the two suspects were both the opioid suppliers and present at the scene of the overdose.

Doctors who prescribe more opioids get more perks
Doctors who prescribe more opioids get more perks

One study found that physicians who accepted just one meal sponsored by a drug company were much more likely to prescribe a name-brand drug to patients later.

Georgia prescription drug database launches July 1st
Georgia prescription drug database launches July 1st

The database will track Schedule II-V narcotic prescriptions for two years, giving doctors another tool when treating patients.

Watch Live: White House Opioid Summit
Watch Live: White House Opioid Summit

First Lady Melania Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and DHS Secretary Nielsen are among the speakers at the White House Summit on the Opioid Crisis.

First lady visits memorial dedicated to victims of opioids
First lady visits memorial dedicated to victims of opioids

First lady Melania Trump has visited a memorial dedicated to victims of the opioid crisis.

Drug distributor to donate 80,000 doses of overdose antidote to Tennessee, other states
Drug distributor to donate 80,000 doses of overdose antidote to Tennessee, other states

An Ohio-based drug distributor facing lawsuits linked to the opioid crisis is donating more than 80,000 doses of an overdose antidote for use by emergency responders in several states.

2 Tennessee insurers report drops in opioid prescriptions
2 Tennessee insurers report drops in opioid prescriptions

Two of Tennessee's largest insurers say they've made significant reductions in the number of opioid drugs prescribed.

Recovering heroin addict shares story to offer hope, inspiration to others
Recovering heroin addict shares story to offer hope, inspiration to others

Ethan Shaw began taking pills at age 20 and gradually moved to heroin.

UPDATE: TN Valley doctors meet to discuss opioid crisis
UPDATE: TN Valley doctors meet to discuss opioid crisis

Doctors gathered at the Hamilton County Health Department Monday to discuss an issue plaguing our country and state, opioids. 

Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic
Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

The findings could bolster hundreds of lawsuits that are aimed at holding opioid drugmakers responsible for helping fuel an epidemic blamed for the deaths of more than 340,000 Americans since 2000.

3 Doors Down guitarist's family sues doctor over opioids
3 Doors Down guitarist's family sues doctor over opioids

The family of a longtime guitarist for the rock group 3 Doors Down is accusing an Alabama doctor of fueling the musician's opioid addiction before he died of a drug overdose.

Welcome to Williamson, WV, where there are 6,500 opioid pills per person
Welcome to Williamson, WV, where there are 6,500 opioid pills per person

Those jarring figures were released this week by the congressional committee investigating the epidemic that has ravaged the Rust Belt.

UPDATE: Haslam announces new aggressive, state-wide opioid plan
UPDATE: Haslam announces new aggressive, state-wide opioid plan

The new TN Together initiative addresses the issue of opioid addiction through legislation.

Keep these cough medicines away from kids, FDA says
Keep these cough medicines away from kids, FDA says

Cough medications that contain opioids like codeine should never be given by kids, and the medicines will now need to be labeled to make that clear, the Food and Drug Administration says.

Judge urges action on '100 percent manmade' opioid crisis
Judge urges action on '100 percent manmade' opioid crisis

The judge said he believes everyone from drugmakers to doctors to individuals bear some responsibility for the crisis and haven't done enough to stop it.

TBI investigation leave two suspects charged with selling, delivering fentanyl
TBI investigation leave two suspects charged with selling, delivering fentanyl

The TBI says 46-year-old Carol Dianne Smith and 27-year-old Steven James Adkins are each charged with two counts of Sale/ Delivery of a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

TBI warns of toxic drug mix found in the state
TBI warns of toxic drug mix found in the state

Fentanyl mixed with a variety of other drugs has been found by TBI agents.

Analysis: Substance abuse annually costs Tennessee billions
Analysis: Substance abuse annually costs Tennessee billions

An analysis has found that substance abuse annually costs Tennessee more than $2 billion, with most of it attributed to lost income from people who've fallen out of the labor market.

DEA targets opioid abuse with new Appalachian field office
DEA targets opioid abuse with new Appalachian field office

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is targeting opioid abuse in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Kentucky to oversee a region ravaged by overdose deaths.

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion
White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. 

Hamilton County considering legal action to fight opioid epidemic
Hamilton County considering legal action to fight opioid epidemic

Cities, counties and states nationwide are taking legal action in the battle against opioids and Hamilton County could be next in line to sue.  

7 plead guilty to mailing opioid from Nevada to Tennessee
7 plead guilty to mailing opioid from Nevada to Tennessee

Seven people have pleaded guilty to smuggling oxycodone pills from Nevada to Tennessee through the U.S. mail. 

Hamilton Co. paramedics encountering opioid overdoses
Hamilton Co. paramedics encountering opioid overdoses

  More than 1,600 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses last year.  EMS workers here in Hamilton County face the battle up close.

Tennessee sheriff's office to carry opioid antidote
Tennessee sheriff's office to carry opioid antidote

The sheriff's office for Tennessee's third-largest county has begun carrying the opioid antidote naloxone, joining other emergency agencies.

Experts: Opioid crisis is hitting Georgia especially hard
Experts: Opioid crisis is hitting Georgia especially hard

Experts say the nation's deepening opioid epidemic is hitting Georgia harder than most states.

Blackburn cites 'unintended consequences' of opioid law
Blackburn cites 'unintended consequences' of opioid law

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee, is calling for immediately addressing any "unintended consequences" of a federal law she co-sponsored that dialed back federal power to stop...

Erlanger's Neonatal ICU treating more babies born with opioid addiction
Erlanger's Neonatal ICU treating more babies born with opioid addiction

So far this year, 565 babies in Tennessee have been born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, better known as NAS. Close to 40 of those babies were born at Erlanger Hospitals.

Bradford Health Services offering free opioid seminar
Bradford Health Services offering free opioid seminar

Bradford Health Services will be offering a free health seminar that will focus on the opioid epidemic in the Tennessee Valley. 

First lady to host discussion on opioid crisis
First lady to host discussion on opioid crisis

Melania Trump has invited experts and people affected by addiction to opioids to the White House for a listening session and discussion about the epidemic. 

Number of seniors hospitalized due to opioids triples
Number of seniors hospitalized due to opioids triples

Federal data shows the number of senior citizens in Tennessee who are hospitalized due to painkillers has more than tripled over the last decade.

Many doctors get gifts, meals from opioid makers
Many doctors get gifts, meals from opioid makers

About one out of every 12 U.S. doctors gets money, lunch or something else of value from companies that make opioid drugs, researchers report.

Trump declares opioid crisis national emergency
Trump declares opioid crisis national emergency

Trump's surprise announcement came two days after he vowed the U.S. would "win" the fight against the epidemic but stopped short of acting on the recommendation of the presidential opioid commission to “declare a national emergency.”

One in three Americans took prescription opioid painkillers in 2015, survey says
One in three Americans took prescription opioid painkillers in 2015, survey says

That's the stunning number in a new survey released Monday from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which calculated that a whopping 91.8 million Americans used drugs like OxyContin or Vicodin in 2015.

UPDATE: HHS Sec. Price, Gov. Haslam, Conway visit CADAS to learn more about opioid crisis
UPDATE: HHS Sec. Price, Gov. Haslam, Conway visit CADAS to learn more about opioid crisis

White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway along with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price toured CADAS to learn more about the opioid epidemic gripping the nation.

Tennessee prosecutors sue opioid drug makers
Tennessee prosecutors sue opioid drug makers

Three Tennessee county prosecutors and the guardian of a baby born dependent on drugs have filed a lawsuit against the makers of several opioid drugs, accusing the companies of unleashing an epidemic by deceptive marketing...

Opioid crisis batters Georgia as suspicious Percocet kills two
Opioid crisis batters Georgia as suspicious Percocet kills two

Police are hunting for whoever is responsible for sending a wave of drug overdoses crashing through Georgia.

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