National opioid epidemic emergency declaration will save lives


August 13, 2017 — The opioid epidemic is a national emergency that requires special attention and greater focus and resources to fight it.

The nonpartisan Nashville-based research center The Sycamore Institute has started a three-part series documenting what Tennessee is doing and offering recommendations for how the state can address the crisis.

Among Sycamore’s takeaways are the need to create a broad behavioral health-focused approach that works on prevention and treatment. A major barrier for people, though, is the cost of treatment.

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