The opioid crisis has outgrown Tennessee’s treatment policies

THE TENNESSEAN

Op-Ed by Laura Berlind

October 8, 2017 — The opioid epidemic has had a staggering impact in Tennessee: countless loved ones gone, higher health care costs, more drug-related crime, reduced work productivity, more children in state custody and a 10-fold increase in babies born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Tennessee has certainly not ignored the rise in opioid and heroin abuse, but the epidemic has grown and evolved faster than our response to it.

A comprehensive review of existing and potential steps that involves multiple stakeholders, including the public and private entities that pay for prevention and treatment, could help policymakers determine the best path forward.

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