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City of Clarksville Opioid Task Force to merge with Allies For Substance Abuse Prevention of Montgomery County

 

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City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, 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.

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, "Unifying community to fight this epidemic is best approach."

Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts, “Unifying community to fight this epidemic is best approach.”

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June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse ServicesNashville, 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.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Naloxone offers Hope to Save Lives

 

Drug Overdoses Claim More Tennesseans in 2014

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Even with the availability of naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, and fewer prescription drugs being diverted, the number of Tennesseans who die each year due to drug overdoses increased again in 2014.

The total of overdose deaths rose by nearly 100, from 1,166 in 2013 to a record-setting 1,263 in 2014. If those numbers are hard to comprehend, consider this: more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee last year than were killed in motor vehicle accidents.

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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

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, 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»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Suicides claim too many in Tennessee, Resources available statewide to help Save Lives

 

Suicide Tenth Leading Cause of Death in Tennessee, U.S. & Internationally

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – In 2013, intentional self-harm was the tenth leading cause of death in Tennessee, a ranking that mirrors U.S. and international cause of death rankings. According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Records office, a total of 1,017 people in Tennessee committed suicide that year.

Statistics point out disparities in Tennessee’s diverse population and the need to understand suicide warning signs and the actions required to prevent loss of life. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court gets increased funding for Montgomery County, Shelby County, Davidson County

 

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, 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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