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PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES
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James E. Word, BS, MPH

Commissioner July 1, 1984 – October 26, 1988
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Jim Word was named Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment in May, 1983.  He had served with the department since 1969 in other roles.  A native of Helena, Arkansas, he graduated from Mississippi State University and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University.