State Government Jan 22, 2018 Share
On Monday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam will unveil an extensive plan to combat the opioid epidemic in Tennessee.
The entire details of the plan and accompanying legislation have not yet been released; however, the Post obtained a confidential overview of the plan, which multiple sources confirmed was legitimate.
Haslam’s initiative, TN Together, will likely be his final signature piece of legislation. According to the overview, the plan will take a three-pronged approach to addressing the state’s worsening opioid epidemic, focusing on prevention, treatment and increased law enforcement capabilities.
Among the prevention measures planned are a new awareness campaign led by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, educational programs in primary and secondary schools, and a new commission to develop best pain management strategies to be taught in medical schools.
More controversially, proposed legislation would limit opioid prescriptions to five days, with exceptions related to chronic pain from cancer and certain other diseases and individuals in hospice care. Tennessee has the second-highest rate of opioids