Despite state law enforcement efforts to curb substance abuse, the epidemic persists in Tennessee. A significant number of residents are addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs, and hard drug abuse. This problem is propagated by the availability of illicit drugs such as heroin. Opioids abuse is now a prevalent problem in this state.
Tennessee has consistently ranked the top 5 among the states in the US in rates of substance abuse. Some of the drugs which pose public health threat include heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Meth causes permanent damage to the body and brains of the users. It is cooked using poisonous and highly flammable chemicals in makeshift labs. At any given time, about 800 meth labs are operational in Tennessee. It is no wonder explosions are too frequent.
While a physician can prescribe opioids, the medications usually find its way into the black market hence encouraging abuse. Between 2007 and 2008, Tennessee took first place in the number of people over 26 years who abused prescription opioids. In 2017 opioid-related overdose deaths were 1269. It represents a rate of 19.3 deaths per 100000 people. This rate is way above the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100000 persons.
Apart from opioids epidemic, alcohol is yet another problem. In 2016, 27,000people were arrested for driving under the influence. Similarly, Heroin-related arrest rose from 169 in 2009 to 1500 in 2016. On the same note, the number of children showing opioids withdrawal symptoms continues to rise every year since 2013.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.