Tennessee can't get grip on pill problem

Tennessee can't get grip on pill problem

May 24th, 2012 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

Across Tennessee, families measure the state's pain pill epidemic in terms of loved-ones lost to overdoses and loved-ones battling addiction.

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In spite of efforts to crack down on the state's prescription drug abuse epidemic, a new report shows nearly 18 million prescriptions for controlled substances such as OxyContin and hydrocodone were dispensed in Tennessee last year - a 23 percent increase from the previous year.

The surging figures in the report to the General Assembly are a setback for those fighting on the front lines of the prescription drug problem.

"We're in jeopardy of losing an entire generation of our youth to addiction if we don't get a grip on this," said Tommy Farmer, an assistant special agent in charge of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. "I mean that sincerely."

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