Gov. Haslam to Unveil Plan to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
JACKSON, Tenn.- A new plan from governor Bill Haslam will be unveiled soon. This, after numbers show that Tennessee ranks number two in the nation for prescription drug abuse. Haslam will reveal the seven-point plan Tuesday. The state estimates nearly 70,000 residents have addictions to controlled substances. Addiction experts said they fear drug users will turn to heroin. Workers at the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency disagree. Tennessee records show the number of people being treated for these type of addictions rose from 15.1 percent to 15.7 percent in the last three years. Workers at JACOA said they have seen an increase in the number of residents coming in for prescription abuse.