Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO)
The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, along with the associated morbidity and mortality, has been identified as one of the most serious and costly issues facing Tennesseans today. Tennessee, located in the mid-south and bordered by 8 states, is geographically and culturally situated in the middle of the national prescription drug overdose (PDO) epidemic. In 2015, TN had the tenth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the US, most of which was due to prescription drugs. Opioid use is disproportionately high in the northeastern (Appalachian) region of the state, while heroin use is highest in the southwestern (Memphis) area, reflecting disparities for both geographic and racial/ethnic segments of the population.
Tennessee Regional Workshops
TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic
In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services…
Three grand regional workshops known as TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic will be a gathering of diverse community stakeholders to share ideas, review local data, and identify promising strategies to address Tennessee’s opioid epidemic. Community anti-drug coalitions and individuals working at the ground level will share their expertise and knowledge as we come together as catalysts for change.
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