State Senators approve legislation to curb opioid abuse in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, (April 19, 2016) — The State Senate passed major legislation on Tuesday to combat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee, making the state among the leaders in the country in cracking down on pill mills.  Senate Bill, sponsored by Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), calls for pain management clinics to be licensed and inspected by the Department of Health.  Opioid pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and hydromorponeare responsible for three-fourths of all prescription drug overdose deaths according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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