Media Advisories

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Memphis on Wednesday, June 11

Thursday, June 05, 2014 | 03:33 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and other state and community leaders will discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Memphis on Wednesday, June 11. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

State Leaders to Discuss Prescription Drug Plan During Visit to Jackson on Tuesday, June 10

Thursday, June 05, 2014 | 03:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and other state and community leaders will discuss a plan to tackle the widespread epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee during a visit to Jackson on Tuesday, June 10. Members of the news media and the public are invited to attend.

Governor, Commissioners Announce Strategic Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 12:30 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and others today to announce “Prescription for Success,” the state’s plan to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.


Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse.