Tennessee Opiate Addiction Treatment

In Tennessee, opiate addiction is a growing problem especially in major cities such as Nashville and Memphis where the population is rather high and city life pursues. The DEA as well as state and local agencies have come together to do what they can to prevent the trafficking of narcotics in Tennessee but this has done little to control the use of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, morphine, methadone or Diluadid. Despite the growing problem and the availability of treatment in various opiate rehab centers throughout Tennessee, thousands of people still require help.

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  • Addiction treatment not only has to help a person stop using drugs but also help them stay drug free.
  • Opioid addicts who use heroin cut with fentanyl put themselves at a serious risk of overdose because fentanyl can often be even more potent than heroin.
  • Prescription opioids are often not given to patients on an around-the-clock schedule or for longer than a few weeks unless absolutely necessary (National Library of Medicine). This is because they are so highly likely to cause dependence, which can potentially lead to abuse.
  • People who have comorbid disorders (like depression or anxiety) in addition to an opioid addiction must be treated for both issues simultaneously. Otherwise, the untreated disorder could derail the progress of the one for which the individual is currently being treated.


  • Opioid-related deaths in Tennessee increased dramatically between 2014 and 2015 from 554 to 643. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is a statistically significant increase of 12.8 percent.
  • Drug overdoses caused by heroin specifically also increased in the state between these years from 140 to 205. This was a percent increase of 43.5 (CDC).
  • According to the S. Department of Health and Human Services, Tennessee’s rate of past year opioid abuse or dependence fell between 9.4 and 10.3 per 1,000 persons aged 12 years and older. This placed the state in the second highest tier of opioid abuse and dependence.
  • Unfortunately, though, treatment capacity was much lower, between 0.7 and 3.0 per 1,000 persons aged 12 years and older.
  • According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, studies have shown approximately 5 percent of Tennesseans “have used pain relievers in the past year for non-medical purposes.”


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