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PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES

Facts & Figures

Healthy People 2010 defines health communication as “the art and technique of informing, influencing, and motivating individual, institutional, and public audiences about important health issues".  Tennessee borders eight other states: Kentucky and Virginia to the north; North Carolina to the east; Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi on the south; Arkansas and Missouri on the Mississippi River to the west.  Numbers count. Every number is a story. Every story is a person.

What can the Department of Health do to enhance collaboration with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions?

  • Supply data to identify at risk populations
  • Provide educational opportunities for communities,  healthcare professionals, and coalitions as needed
  • Collaborate with other departments to assist with fiscal resources such as securing grant funding and other monies to assist with prevention activities
  • Implement community and insurer/health system interventions to maximize access to care
  • Work interdepartmentally with other agencies such as the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and other departments to ensure proper policy and protocol development
  • Provide access to the “dashboard” to enable coalitions to view presentations, research articles, and statistical information to enhance prevention activities and policy planning