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VOL. 129 | NO. 108 | Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Haslam Announces 7-Step Prescription Drug Plan

ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press

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NASHVILLE (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Douglas Varney are unveiling a seven-step plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

The state estimates that in the last year, nearly 221,000 Tennesseans have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes, and that 69,000 of them are addicted to the drugs.

Varney's department worked with several other state agencies to come up with the multi-year plan to fight abuse and treat addiction in the state.

The strategies include increasing access to drug disposal outlets; adding resources for early intervention, treatment and recovery services; and decreasing the amount of controlled substances dispensed.

The plan comes on the heels of a Haslam administration initiative to set tighter limits on cold and allergy medicines used to make meth.

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