Tennessee officials to launch opioid awareness campaign

Tennessee officials to launch opioid awareness campaign

July 10th, 2019 by Associated Press in Breaking News

In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The attorney general's office in Massachusetts is suing Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, along with some company executives and members of the family that owns it in an effort to hold them accountable for the toll of the drug crisis in the state. On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, the company lost a legal battle to keep some parts of the lawsuit confidential. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health officials are launching a new public education and awareness campaign focusing on the impact of the opioid crisis.

The state Department of Health says the campaign will kick off July 16 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

The initiative will feature stories from people from every Tennessee county about how they have been personally impacted by the opioid epidemic. It will also share information on how people can be part of the solution to the issue.

With the project, state health officials will introduce a statewide media campaign and share materials with community partners to provide info on local resources.

The campaign is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Crisis Cooperative Agreement.