Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s announcement of a plan to address the opioid epidemic in the state by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
“TN Together” is a multi-faceted initiative that addresses the issue of opioid addiction through legislation, proposed funding in the governor’s 2018-19 budget and executive actions. Key initiatives will include legislation to limit supply and dosage of opioid prescriptions, including restrictions that will limit initial prescriptions to a five-day supply of drugs with daily dosage limits of 40 MME (morphine milligram equivalent); Increasing prevention education in grades K-12; investing more than $25 million for treatment and recovery services for individuals with opioid use disorder, via an increase in peer recovery specialists in targeted, high-need emergency departments to connect patients to treatment immediately; and other initiatives.
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