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TBI warns of toxic drug mix found in the state

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Hamilton County considering legal action to fight opioid epidemic Video included

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

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7 plead guilty to mailing opioid from Nevada to Tennessee

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

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Hamilton Co. paramedics encountering opioid overdoses

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

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Tennessee sheriff's office to carry opioid antidote

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

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Experts: Opioid crisis is hitting Georgia especially hard

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

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Blackburn cites 'unintended consequences' of opioid law

Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention. AP photo Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention. AP photo

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...

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

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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.

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Bradford Health Services offering free opioid seminar

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

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First lady to host discussion on opioid crisis

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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. 

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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.

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Many doctors get gifts, meals from opioid makers

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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.

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Trump declares opioid crisis national emergency

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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.”

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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...

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Opioid crisis batters Georgia as suspicious Percocet kills two

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

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