News Conference Planned on the Dangers of Fentanyl
NASHVILLE – Fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives are powerful synthetic opioid drugs often imported and used by criminals to create counterfeit pills or to mix with other illegal drugs such as heroin and marijuana. Fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives are extremely potent and pose significant health risks both to those using them and to those who may be accidentally exposed to them. Increased public awareness about the growing threat of fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives can save lives.
Leaders from several Tennessee state agencies will hold a news conference Thursday, June 15 to provide information about the presence of fentanyl, carfentanil and other fentanyl derivatives in Tennessee and the damage these powerful drugs can cause.
Who: Mark Gwyn, Director, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Col. Tracy Trott, Tennessee Highway Patrol
What: News conference on fentanyl
When: Thursday, June 15, 11 a.m., CDT
Where: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37216
Shelley Walker, Tennessee Department of Health
615-253-5184 or Shelley.Walker@tn.gov
Josh DeVine, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
615-744-4295 or Josh.DeVine@tn.gov