The Opioid Epidemic in Tennessee

The impact of the opioid epidemic in Tennessee has been staggering. This 3-part introductory series published by The Sycamore Institute in August 2017 examines how our state is addressing the issue and what else might be done.

Part 1

Tennessee has made progress in curbing the abuse of prescription painkillers. The epidemic is evolving, however, and negative indicators continue to rise.

Part 2

Reducing demand for opioids involves a spectrum of behavioral health interventions to promote health and well-being, prevent misuse, and treat addiction.

Part 3

The final installment outlines Tennessee’s current efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse and offers examples of other strategies policymakers may want to consider.

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