Governor Haslam Seeks To Quell State's Pill Problem

Governor Haslam Seeks To Quell State's Pill Problem

CREATED Jun 1, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has a plan to quell prescription drug abuse, which has become a scourge across the state.

Haslam intends to announce details of the seven-point plan on Tuesday. The state estimates that nearly 70,000 residents have serious addictions to controlled substances.

Addiction experts say they fear drug users will just turn to heroin, which has been making a comeback across the nation.

Dr. Terry Alley with Cumberland Heights said addicts will need access to effective treatment for the state strategy to work.

State officials declined to give specifics of the plan before Tuesday, but a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said a key component is treatment.

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