Topic: E. Douglas Varney
Nashville, TN – In counties and communities across Tennessee, anti-drug coalitions are working to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
These local efforts, funded by the State of Tennessee since 2008, help get the word out about the dangers and consequences of substance use.
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse announces Dr. Stephen Loyd named Medical Director
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and its Commissioner E. Douglas Varney join in welcoming Dr. Stephen Loyd, Internal Medicine physician and Johnson City native, as the agency’s newly, appointed Medical Director for the Division of Substance Abuse Services.
In announcing to department staff the assignment of Dr. Loyd, Commissioner Varney expressed his appreciation in having a physician with Loyd’s credentials and clinical experience. In his role, Dr. Loyd will address addiction in Tennessee as a disease while reducing stigma associated with treatment and recovery.
Tennessee Department of Mental Health gives tips to Help Your Child Cope With Anxiety, Reducing Stress, Overcoming Fears
Nashville, TN – The first day of school for a child, as well as their parent, is a milestone moment, a period in time filled with hope, and great expectations.
For many children and parents, this is a time of excitement mixed with some anxiety. Children experiencing these brand new surroundings, for the first time, can find it both exhilarating and stressful.
Nashville, TN – In recognition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services wants to make sure that everyone understands the impact traumatic events can have.
In some cases, experiencing trauma can result in lifelong anxiety and stress and can even lead to suicide.
Tennessee Department of Mental Health says Saturday, April 9th is Alcohol Screening Day in Tennessee
Nashville, TN – Many Tennesseans enjoy an adult beverage from time to time as a way to unwind and relax. But when that occasional drink or substance use becomes more and more frequent, it can be cause for concern.
In recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day April 9th, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all Tennesseans to take a short online assessment to determine if their alcohol use is leading to abuse.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee’s nearly half-decade long effort, dedicated to limiting easy access to prescription pain medications and similar opioid-based narcotics, has been successful.
Since 2012 the state has seen a steady decline in the use and abuse of these substances commonly prescribed by family physicians. 2015 drug seizure data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) shows a significant drop in law enforcement confiscations of prescription opioids, ie: pain pills.
Nashville, TN – In observance of National Depression Screening Day, October 8th, 2015, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all adults, 18 years of age and older, to take a free online screening for depression.
In Tennessee, it is estimated that more than 347,000 people over the age of 15 experienced symptoms of major depression in the last year, experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, emptiness, or irritable moods that significantly interfered with their daily routines.
Tennessee Group raising Awareness of Legal Substances that can cause Serious Harm to Babies in the Womb
Harmful Effects to Baby May Include Lower I.Q. for Life
Nashville, TN – An occasional glass of wine. A cigarette. A pain pill, prescribed by a doctor. All three are perfectly legal, yet each may cause harm to an unborn baby. Effects can range from short- to long-term, from behavioral and learning issues to a withdrawal syndrome the baby endures right after birth, to physical defects. Some or all of these can have an adverse impact over the baby’s entire life.
A group of health, medical and government professionals from Tennessee is combining strengths to help more women of child-bearing years understand the potential dangers of alcohol, nicotine and prescription medicines. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Mental Health offers Help for Tennesseans Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
Nashville, TN – Based on national estimates, thousands of Tennesseans struggle through the cold and dreary winter season with feelings of prolonged sadness.
For an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the population, winter brings about periods of fatigue and in some cases anxiety known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD). «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court gets increased funding for Montgomery County, Shelby County, Davidson County
Nashville, TN – Through a $1.5 million federal grant, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is providing increased funding to Veterans courts in Shelby County, Montgomery County and Davidson County.
The result is an expansion of services, over a three-year period, giving hundreds more service members in Tennessee the option of pursuing treatment and recovery programs rather than incarceration. «Read the rest of this article»
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