New Law in Tennessee Aims to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

TNgov-bannerA recent editorial in the Jackson Sun points out that a new law in the state of Tennessee will be limiting certain prescriptions to be valid for only 30 days. The article cites that it is supposed to give the Prescription Safety Act of 2012 some extra help in limiting the abuse of drugs like painkillers.

The new law, which went into effect on October 1st, targets drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, but also benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium.

Not everyone is happy to see the new legislation enacted. The limit places additional difficulty on people who legitimately use certain prescriptions by forcing them to make more trips to the doctor and pharmacy, which also increase out-of-pocket expenses.

While some may be upset, the potential savings in statewide costs in terms of lives, healthcare and criminal justice expenses should outweigh the negatives since these regulations interact with the state’s prescription drug monitoring system.

Like most other states in the nation, Tennessee experienced a surge in prescription drug abuse, resulting in higher treatment admission rates as well as lives lost through overdoses. Despite legislative actions being reactionary, at least officials are trying to preserve live.

If you have a loved one struggling with prescription drug abuse, whether in Tennessee or any other part of the country, contact Family First today for information on effective intervention and treatment options.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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