The number of people dying from fatal overdoses in Nashville has nearly doubled since COVID-19 arrived. Public health officials say there seems to be a link to the pandemic, but they aren’t sure what it is.
There’s been a growing willingness to employ people with an addiction amid a labor shortage.
Some Tennessee hospitals have almost entirely stopped prescribing opioids after women give birth, while others are still giving addictive narcotics to nearly every new mother as they go home.
Tennessee health officials haven’t been questioning many of the state’s highest opioid prescribers. Of the most prolific, half have never triggered an inquiry, and most have never been disciplined.
It will be another record year for fatal overdoses in Nashville. Newly released figures show the 2018 figure was eclipsed at the end of September.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is refusing to publicly correct alleged flaws in an opioid distribution database published by The Washington Post. A pharmacy owned by state Sen. Shane Reeves has conducted its own recount and says it found major errors that inflated its total by as much as 30 times.
The image of shaking babies in hospital nurseries, withdrawing from opioids used by their mother, is referenced in many of the lawsuits against drug companies, aimed at punishing them for contributing to the opioid crisis. But there are growing concerns that those same newborns name-dropped in litigation will be left out of the settlements being […]
Listen / Governor Bill Haslam presented a limited agenda Monday night, in an unusually reflective and retrospective State of the State speech. In his final statewide address as governor, Haslam spent most of his time highlighting what he sees as his successes, including low unemployment and an improving education system. But as for new proposals […]
Listen / Creating a 500-bed treatment facility for addicted inmates, limiting the duration of new opioid prescriptions to just a few days, and putting more drug enforcement officers on the streets. Those are some of the ideas Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pitching to combat the opioid crisis — which despite past efforts, has continued […]
Listen / Twenty-five more drug agents. That’s what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is hoping to add in the coming year to aid in efforts to combat the illegal trade in painkillers — just one of the ways that the opioid epidemic is reshaping state agencies’ spending priorities.