Atlanta, GA – According to recent provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.
While overdose deaths were already increasing in the months preceding the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the latest numbers suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the pandemic.
FDA Requiring Labeling Changes for Opioid Pain Medicines, Opioid Use Disorder Medicines Regarding Naloxone
Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced it is requiring that labeling for opioid pain medicine and medicine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) be updated to recommend that as a routine part of prescribing these medicines, health care professionals should discuss the availability of naloxone with patients and caregivers, both when beginning and renewing treatment.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department (CPD) reports that among 242 investigations of unattended deaths conducted in 2019 by the the department’s Special Operations Unit, 55 deaths are suspected to be related to drug overdoses, primarily Fentanyl.
So far, of those 55 deaths — including suicides and homicides — 17 have been confirmed with overdose as the primary cause of death. In 37 of the investigations, drugs or paraphernalia were found.
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Health Council and the Allies For Substance Abuse Prevention of Montgomery County (ASAP) have partnered with the Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS) to provide two free Narcan trainings next week. Narcan (brand name for Naloxone) is a medication given as a nasal spray that counters the effects of an opioid overdose.
City of Clarksville Opioid Task Force to merge with Allies For Substance Abuse Prevention of Montgomery County
City of Clarksville
Clarksville, TN – The Mayor’s Opioid Task Force, a group formed last year to to help the City of Clarksville develop a coordinated local response to the opioid crisis, will merge into a larger countywide group, Allies For Substance Abuse Prevention of Montgomery County, or ASAP.
“This is a broad problem that affects our entire community, so we think it’s best to merge forces and create the broadest possible group to battle the opioid crisis and other substance abuse issues,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – Wednesday morning, House members unanimously passed a measure to strengthen identity protections for our military veterans.
House Bill 2130, also known as the Tennessee Stolen Valor Act, is designed to safeguard the identities of Tennessee veterans who serve the state and nation by cracking down on instances of theft and fraud involving those who attempt to imitate them.
The measure creates a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,500, for anyone who impersonates a veteran or individuals who fraudulently represent their service with the intent of obtaining money, property, services, or any other tangible benefits.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – Thursday, April 5th, was a great day for Austin Peay State University as the Animal Science Facility was named for Brock Blick, an 11-year old boy who died tragically in a hunting accident 18 months ago.
Because Brock had a real love for cows and farming, the family decided to honor their son and his memory by establishing the Brock Blick Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture at Austin Peay State University.
The Building was named in Brock’s honor.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – Tennessee’s opioid crisis was front and center this week as Governor Bill Haslam, members of the General Assembly, and other state leaders announced a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem.
The plan, called TN Together, employs a three-legged stool of enforcement, treatment and prevention to stop the flow of these drugs in the state, help those who are addicted, and prevent citizens from becoming drug-dependent.
Tennessee Department of Health data shows 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, while there were 13,034 nonfatal overdoses reported.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Aggressive, Comprehensive Plan to End Tennessee’s Opioid Epidemic
TN Together Fights Opioid Addiction through Prevention, Treatment and Law Enforcement
Nashville, TN – Joined by leadership from the House and Senate and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday announced an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
TN Together is a multi-faceted initiative that addresses the issue of opioid addiction through legislation, proposed funding in the governor’s 2018-19 budget and executive actions.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department is adding Naloxone as part of the Life-Saving tools in their rapid deployment bags. Every officer carries a rapid deployment bag in their vehicle. The initial purchase of 210 bags was funded by Veterans United Foundation through a $10,857.90 donation and contained spit mask, tourniquet, trauma shears, bandage, chest seal, and gauze.
Later, the Police Department purchased 50 more bags, for an additional $1925 so all officers would have a bag in their vehicle.
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