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TN Gov. Haslam to announce prescription drug plan

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Douglas Varney are unveiling a plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

The state estimates that in the last year nearly 221,000 of Tennesseans have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes, and that 69,000 of them are addicted to the drugs.

Varney's department worked with several other state agencies to come up with the multi-year plan fight abuse and treat addiction in the state.

The plan comes on the heels of a Haslam administration initiative to set tighter limits on cold and allergy medicines used to make meth.

Under the legislation, a doctor's prescription will be needed buy more than five months' worth of the maximum dose of medicines like Sudafed containing pseudoephedrine.

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