Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US TN: PUB LTE: Beth Harwell's Changing Marijuana Stance

    The Tennessean, 31 Aug 2017 - I was truly amazed when I heard that Beth Harwell, erstwhile gubernatorial candidate and reefer madness maven, said she was "open" to medicinal cannabis here in Tennessee. This is a major reversal of policy for Ms. Harwell.
  2. US TN: Opioid-Related Hospitalizations More Than Triple For Tennessee

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 13 Aug 2017 - The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to painkillers has more than tripled in a decade. Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses, interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same way as younger people.
  3. US TN: DA: 'Modern-Day Opium Den' Closed In West Knoxville

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 12 Jul 2017 - Authorities on Wednesday closed a West Knoxville apartment that the Knox County District Attorney General's Office called "a modern-day opium den." Apartment 3 at 2818 Dayton St. has been the scene of several overdoses - -- one resulting in death -- over the past five months, according to a statement from the District Attorney General's Office.
  4. US TN: Knoxville Pd Seeks Federal Grant To Combat Opioid Overdoses

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - The Knoxville Police Department is seeking a federal grant to bring a research-based approach to countering opioid abuse. Judy Jenkins keeps her medication in a bucket stored in a pantry instead of the medicine cabinet.(Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean)
  5. US TN: Brentwood To Take Part In Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 17 Jan 2017 - Federal officials have said they want to work with Tennessee to curb the opioid epidemic.(Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto) If you're looking for a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs, head over to the Brentwood Municipal Center on April 30.
  6. US TN: Agriculture Secretary Wants 'aggressive' Solutions To

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 30 Dec 2016 - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, left, talks with US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack and audience members during a town hall meeting on how to deal with the opioid addiction in Appalachia on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on in Abingdon, VA. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL) Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture talks about opioid addiction during a town hall meeting with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Abingdon, VA.(SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)
  7. US TN: Report: Drug-related Deaths Double In Past Five Years In

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 29 Dec 2016 - Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan speaks as the Regional Forensic Center released its 2010-2015 Drug-related Death Report for Knox And Anderson Counties Monday, August 15, 2016 in the small assembly room at the City-County Building. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL) Dr. Amy Hawes, assistant medical examiner, explains a portion of the Regional Forensic Center's 2010-2015 Drug-related Death Report for Knox And Anderson Counties on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, in the Small Assembly Room at the City County Building. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)
  8. US TN: Use Of Opioid Overdose Antidote Expanding In Knox County

    Knoxville News-Sentinel, 29 Dec 2016 - Tennessee looks at making naloxone, an easy-to-administer drug that can reverse the effects of opioid drug overdoses, widely available without a prescription. But will over-reliance on the medication be a long-term side effect? [photo] Thomas Clemons instructs people visiting a Baltimore needle exchange van on how to use naloxone to reverse heroin overdoses. More and more states, including Tennessee, are looking at the easy-to-administer drug as a way to stem increasing opioid overdose deaths.(Photo: Amy Davis/File)
  9. US TN: Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In Tennessee

    Commercial Appeal, 12 Dec 2016 - NASHVILLE - Medical marijuana will again become a topic of discussion and legislation during the 2017 legislative session. An announcement from the House Republican Caucus on Friday said an official announcement will come next week from state Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, and Sen. Steve Dickerson, RNashville, who are planning to introduce legislation about medical marijuana.