Seven people have used 'Safe Stations' for help with opioid crisis since program began
Seven people have used 'Safe Stations' for help with opioid crisis since program began

Anyone struggling with addiction can show up to a fire station in Chattanooga any time, day or night, for help.

Unity on the Bridge brings resources to recovering addicts
Unity on the Bridge brings resources to recovering addicts

The event aims to bring awareness to recovery and addiction. Participants met to hear speakers from the addiction community, as well as the Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department.

OPIOID CRISIS: Resources for people dealing with opioid addiction
OPIOID CRISIS: Resources for people dealing with opioid addiction

There are several rehab programs available to help people battling drug addiction.

OPIOID CRISIS: Hundreds of pills distributed in TN Valley
OPIOID CRISIS: Hundreds of pills distributed in TN Valley

76 billion pain pills were distributed to the United States for over six years.

OPIOID CRISIS: Police agencies equipped with a life-saving tool
OPIOID CRISIS: Police agencies equipped with a life-saving tool

Narcan is also known as naloxone; when given to a patient on opioids, it can quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing as slowed or stopped from an overdose.

OPIOID CRISIS: Narcan programs in schools give nurses a new role in care
OPIOID CRISIS: Narcan programs in schools give nurses a new role in care

School districts around the area have been giving nurses and School Resource Officers access to Narcan for about a year, and it's helping save lives.

OPIOID CRISIS: Chronic pain patient says 'I need opioids to get out of bed'
OPIOID CRISIS: Chronic pain patient says 'I need opioids to get out of bed'

Christy Wells-Reece takes up to 28 pills a day for Lupus, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.

OPIOID CRISIS: Recovering addict says his own research helped him get clean
OPIOID CRISIS: Recovering addict says his own research helped him get clean

Erik Mann said 90% of the pills he got came from an emergency room. After 30 years of addiction he's finally clean.

OPIOID CRISIS: The impact on children
OPIOID CRISIS: The impact on children

The opioid epidemic is destroying families because of the parents' addiction to drugs. In many cases, grandparents are left to raise grandchildren or kids are forced into foster care.

OPIOID CRISIS: How do opioids impact the brain?
OPIOID CRISIS: How do opioids impact the brain?

For many people struggling with addiction, accepting you need help can be the hardest step toward recovery.

OPIOID CRISIS: Newborns suffering from NAS growing as a result of the opioid epidemic
OPIOID CRISIS: Newborns suffering from NAS growing as a result of the opioid epidemic

At the Children's Hospital at Erlanger, CEO Don Mueller says doctors are delivering more babies addicted to drugs.

OPIOID CRISIS: Understanding opioids and the side effects
OPIOID CRISIS: Understanding opioids and the side effects

Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant.

OPIOID CRISIS: New Hamilton County program helping those with opioid addiction
OPIOID CRISIS: New Hamilton County program helping those with opioid addiction

A relatively new program in Hamilton County is giving those struggling with opioid addiction a real chance at recovery.

OPIOID CRISIS: Lawmakers react to the nation-wide drug epidemic
OPIOID CRISIS: Lawmakers react to the nation-wide drug epidemic

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn discussed their role in solving the nationwide opioid epidemic.

OPIOID CRISIS: The battle between addiction and necessity
OPIOID CRISIS: The battle between addiction and necessity

Charles McKinney was in a car accident in 2001 and needed 11 back surgeries in just 19 years.

OPIOID CRISIS: As opioid deaths increase in TN, local hospitals search for alternative treatments
OPIOID CRISIS: As opioid deaths increase in TN, local hospitals search for alternative treatments

While the opioid epidemic continues to sweep the nation, doctors at CHI Memorial Hospital are doing their part to lessen the number of deaths by using alternative treatment methods.

OPIOID CRISIS: 'Narcan saves lives' - Chattanooga doctor explains how the life-saving drug works
OPIOID CRISIS: 'Narcan saves lives' - Chattanooga doctor explains how the life-saving drug works

Nearly 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses in Tennessee last year.

OPIOID CRISIS: Hamilton County paramedics talk about life on the front lines of the opioid epidemic
OPIOID CRISIS: Hamilton County paramedics talk about life on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

Timing is everything when it comes to saving a life. Doug Evans has been a paramedic in Hamilton County for 7 years.

OPIOID CRISIS: How drugs travel to the Tennessee Valley
OPIOID CRISIS: How drugs travel to the Tennessee Valley

Marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and now fentanyl are the four drugs officers encounter daily. Some of the substances travel over 1,300 miles from Mexico to get here.

OPIOID CRISIS: GBI seeing progress in the fight against opioids
OPIOID CRISIS: GBI seeing progress in the fight against opioids

Investigators at the GBI are using an overdose death to work backwards to the drug dealer.

Tennessee appeals court says opioid producers can be sued
Tennessee appeals court says opioid producers can be sued

At issue is whether Tennessee's Drug Dealer Liability Act applies to U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved manufacturers or only to 'street dealers.'

At least 16 states reject settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma
At least 16 states reject settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Purdue has reached a tentative multi-billion-dollar settlement with at least 27 states and territories. But 16 states told NBC News they said no.

Purdue Pharma offers $10-12 billion to settle opioid claims
Purdue Pharma offers $10-12 billion to settle opioid claims

The lawsuits allege the company and the Sackler family are responsible for starting and sustaining the opioid crisis.

UPDATE: Johnson & Johnson must pay over $572 million for its role in Oklahoma opioid crisis, judge rules
UPDATE: Johnson & Johnson must pay over $572 million for its role in Oklahoma opioid crisis, judge rules

Oklahoma's attorney general claimed that the company marketed opioids to doctors while downplaying the risks of the addictive painkillers since the 1990s.

'Operation Crystal Mountain' results in 375 arrests, 800 pounds of meth seized in 3 states
'Operation Crystal Mountain' results in 375 arrests, 800 pounds of meth seized in 3 states

The multi-state effort targeted Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia in 'Operation Crystal Mountain.'

Document shows drug firm knew in 2008 it was shipping large amounts of opioids
Document shows drug firm knew in 2008 it was shipping large amounts of opioids

A consultant told Cardinal Health it was violating federal rules by not cancelling or reporting large, 'suspicious' orders, says an internal document.

Law enforcement officials say Narcan is being abused by addicts
Law enforcement officials say Narcan is being abused by addicts

Narcan, the brand name from Naloxone, is the only drug that can bring people back from overdoses.

Medical marijuana does not lower opioid overdose death rates, study finds
Medical marijuana does not lower opioid overdose death rates, study finds

Some thought people with opioid addiction would turn to medical marijuana instead. It seems they were wrong.

Tennessee AG sues opioid maker for making false claims about safety and benefits of products
Tennessee AG sues opioid maker for making false claims about safety and benefits of products

The allegations in the State’s 180-page complaint detail how Endo deceptively marketed its opioid products as being less addictive and more effective than others on the market.

First major drug distribution company, former CEO, criminally charged in opioid crisis
First major drug distribution company, former CEO, criminally charged in opioid crisis

Laurence Doud III, the former CEO of Rochester Drug Co-Operative, was indicted Tuesday for narcotics conspiracy and conspiracy to defraud the Drug Enforcement Administration.

8 healthcare professionals indicted in TN in illegal prescription opioid crackdown
8 healthcare professionals indicted in TN in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

Federal authorities say they have charged 60 people, including 31 doctors, for their roles in illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous drugs.

FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller
FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

US regulators approve fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers in hospitals.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US
Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year.

Organization holds free opioid overdose training in Hamilton County
Organization holds free opioid overdose training in Hamilton County

Channel 3 visited a class taught by one of the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists, who are working to combat the opioid crisis across Tennessee.

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.

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