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Haslam plan targets plan prescription drug abuse

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2:16 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Douglas Varney on Tuesday unveiled a multi-year plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

The state estimates that in the past year, nearly 221,000 Tennesseans have used prescription pain relievers for non-medical purposes, and that 69,000 of them are addicted to the drugs.

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