Opioid abuse is an issue the country has battled for decades.

With a recent spike in cases, lawmakers in Tennessee have been looking to do more to help people struggling.

Over the last five years, Tennessee has seen an increase in opioid overdoses and deaths.

That’s why Governor Bill Haslam signed a law that allows the Tennessee Department of Health to create a hotline to report suspected abuse.

The law signed by Haslam goes into effect January 1.

Reports from the hotline will be sent to the necessary health-related board, or law enforcement agency, but officials say it will protect those who report the information.

This is part the Tennessee Together Initiative to end the opioid crisis.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, then you are urged to call the Tennessee Redline.

The Redline number is 1-800-889-9789 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for more information.