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What is the Drug Situation in Tennessee?

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the nation and spearheading the epidemic with the highest prescription drug abuse rates in the U.S. is Tennessee, tying in 8th place with Utah. The Volunteer state also boasts one of the highest drug-induced death rates in the country and in the most recent survey, 8.22 percent of Tennessee residents reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month (the national average was 3.58 percent).

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in Tennessee

  • Opiates, and more specifically prescription opiates, are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in the state.
  • Tennesseans ages 18 to 25 are using prescription opioids at a 30 percent higher rate than the national average, while statewide, 70 percent of those using prescribed drugs for non-medical reasons are getting them from a friend or family member.
  • Tennessee does not currently have a Per Se standard, but state law forbids “any person to drive or be in physical control of any automobile or other motor driven vehicle… while (1) Under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drug producing stimulating effects in the central nervous system.”
  • The state of Tennessee receives support and funding for community-based prevention programs (Drug Free Communities or DFC) in 12 different counties.
  • According to the Prescription Drug Abuse report, Tennessee received seven out of 10 possible indicators of promising strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse including having a PDMP in place, Doctor Shopping Laws, and Lock-in Programs.
  • The overdose mortality rate in Tennessee is 16.9 deaths per 100,000 – in 1999 it was 6.1 per 100,000.
  • In Tennessee, about 305,000 individuals aged 12 or older per year in 2009-2013 were dependent on or abused alcohol within the year of being surveyed.
  • Among individuals in Tennessee enrolled in substance use treatment in a single-day count in 2013, 30.2 percent were in treatment for both alcohol and drug use.
  • In Tennessee, people who are educated, married or successful with their careers are three times more likely to use prescription drugs than others and thus to find themselves addicted, according to the state Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.

Finding Drug or Alcohol Treatment in Tennessee

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