Tate tackling opioid crisis


Sept. 21, 2017 — Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts director Deborah Taylor Tate is the co-chair of the new Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators National Opioid Task Force.

According to an August 2017 report published by the Sycamore Institute, in 2012 Tennessee had an average of 1.4 opioid prescriptions for every Tennessean — the second highest rate in the U.S. Prescription opioids have surpassed alcohol as the primary substance of abuse for treatment funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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