Can anyone with income below a certain threshold enroll in Medicaid? That's true in some states, but Medicaid eligibility in Tennessee is more complicated.
Tennessee's capacity for addiction treatment is lower than the demand and out of sync with the geography of the opioid epidemic.
Tennessee has responded to the opioid epidemic by limiting the supply of prescriptions. Reducing demand means addressing addiction.
The opioid epidemic has hit Tennessee especially hard. Tennessee has made progress in reducing opioid prescriptions, but overdose deaths continue to rise.