Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO)
The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, along with the associated morbidity and mortality, has been identified as one of the most serious and costly issues facing Tennesseans today. Tennessee, located in the mid-south and bordered by 8 states, is geographically and culturally situated in the middle of the national prescription drug overdose (PDO) epidemic. In 2015, TN had the tenth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the US, most of which was due to prescription drugs. Opioid use is disproportionately high in the northeastern (Appalachian) region of the state, while heroin use is highest in the southwestern (Memphis) area, reflecting disparities for both geographic and racial/ethnic segments of the population.
Being a Neighbor: How Tennessee communities are learning to save lives, celebrating recovery, and remembering lives lost in the opioid epidemic
Saturday, August 31, 2019 communities around the world hosted a variety of activities in support of International Overdose Awareness Day. As one of the states deeply impacted by the current opioid epidemic, numerous Tennessee communities gathered to raise awareness about drug overdose, reduce stigma of drug-related death, and commemorate those lost to drug overdose. Together, the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services created this story map to educate Tennesseans about addiction, the path to recovery, and how to find positive solutions that reduce drug misuse and overdose in their communities. Learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month!
Datapalooza: Fostering deeper engagement with Tennessee’s drug overdose data
The Tennessee Department of Health supports a commitment to collaboration with State agencies and its partners to foster deeper engagement with drug overdose data. At Datapalooza, participants gained insight into ways State agencies and partners use drug overdose data to drive action. Attendees at Datapalooza heard presentations and participate in workshops on topics such as data analytics, methods and best practices, amping up data visualizations, and approaches to communicating data for public audiences. Opportunities for connecting with fellow data lovers outside of sessions included brain date meet-ups and “ask a methods doctor” tables. Attendees came away from Datapalooza having learned and shared real world examples and practical concepts of using drug overdose data to drive action in Tennessee.
Tennessee Regional Workshops
TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic
The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in April 2018 partnered together for TN Together: Community solutions to end the opioid epidemic.
Three grand regional workshops were held and gathered a diverse community of stakeholders to share ideas, review local data, and identify promising strategies to address Tennessee’s opioid epidemic. Community anti-drug coalitions and individuals working at the ground level shared their expertise and knowledge as they came together as catalysts for change.