Tennessee is in a critical situation because opiate addiction and overdose deaths have been growing for several years now. According to state data, around 5,500 people died because of an overdose in the period from 2013 to 2017. The administration of President Donald Trump will give $25 million to help Tennessee fight the opiate crisis.
It seems that drug addiction and overdoses have gotten out of control in Tennessee. The state is faced with an alarmingly high number of deaths by overdose for the last five years. Despite the efforts, the situation is not getting better in the Volunteer State.
According to information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year, 1,800 people died because of an overdose. However, it is not known how many of those people used opioids. Epidemiologists say that the state has done a lot and managed to reduce abuse of drugs that are prescribed by doctors. But that hasn’t solved the problem entirely. Apparently, when addicts can’t get a drug on prescription, they turn to heroin, fentanyl, and other opiates.
Donald Trump announced that the U.S. planned to invest almost $1.8 billion nationwide to suppress the opiate crisis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will give $18.5 million to the Tennessee government. That money will be used to finance treatment and recovery programs as well as measures to prevent addiction. The state Health Department will get an additional $6.7 million from the CDC for collecting real-team overdose data and reinforcing the efforts in putting a stop to overdose deaths.