This story, originally published by the East Oregonian, appeared Oct. 30, 2017. Copyright 2017 East Oregonian. After months of delay, President Donald Trump has promised to declare America’s opioid abuse epidemic a national emergency, offering a brief and faint glimmer of hope that something might at last be done about the crisis. The White House’s… [Read More]
This story, originally published by the Cleveland Daily Banner, appeared Oct. 22, 2017. Copyright 2017 Cleveland Daily Banner. We’re running out of room for the bodies. Tennessee has an opioid problem, and it’s been a long time in the making. Numbers from the turn of the millennium show a total of 342 overdose deaths were… [Read More]
This story, originally published by the Kingsport Times-News, appeared Oct. 20, 2017. Copyright 2017 Kingsport Times-News. GREENEVILLE — Despite a pharmaceutical company’s efforts to have it moved to the federal level, a lawsuit filed by Northeast Tennessee prosecutors to fight the opioid “epidemic” will remain in state court. The order was made Friday by Thomas A…. [Read More]
This story, originally published by the Tellico Village Connection, appeared Oct. 18, 2017. Copyright 2017 The Connection. Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office has joined four other judicial districts to file a lawsuit against prescription opioid manufacturers. The joint initiative was filed last month in Campbell County Circuit Court and takes aim at… [Read More]
This story, originally published by the Tennessean, appeared Oct. 15, 2017. Copyright 2017 Tennessean. Tennesseans surrendered more than 35,489 pounds of pills and pill waste in two days over the last year in collection events sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. And there was an additional 52,164 pounds collected at permanent drop-off sites… [Read More]
This story, originally published by WBIR, appeared Oct. 12, 2017. Copyright 2017 WBIR. Oct. 12, 2017: The growing opioid epidemic in East Tennessee is changing retirement for many grandparents. See the full report in its original form here.