New Tennessee Opioid Laws in Effect in January

Hamilton County

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The new year is right around the corner, and that means new state laws – some targeting Tennessee’s opioid crisis.

Opioid addiction is a major problem for the Volunteer State.

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Tennessee is ranked 14th in the country for opioid deaths.

Brian Sullivan with Addiction Campuses says one new law going into effect in January, will require the state health department to establish a hotline for people who suspect opioid abuse.

“A lot of people maybe don’t know that they have an issue, and it’s out of control, and maybe they just need somebody to let them know, ‘Hey, maybe this is excessive. Maybe you need to reconsider how you’re using,’ and those types of things,” Sullivan said. “This will be a really great addition to the Tennessee Red Line that you can call if you need treatment.”

Sullivan says Governor Bill Haslam also signed a law requiring all prescriptions for opioids and medications to be electronic by 2020, to prevent fraud, and cut down on forged prescriptions.

If you’re struggling with addiction, you can also call Addiction Campuses hotline at 1-888-614-2251.