News Conference Planned on the Dangers of Fentanyl

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 01:45pm

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

Josh DeVine, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

615-744-4295 or