In the Media Tag: opioid addiction


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 UT study finds Tennessee has work to do in preventing babies born addicted to opioids

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A new study examining the impact of opioid use during pregnancy finds use is on the rise and Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a public health epidemic. According to researchers from the University of Tennessee’s College of Nursing and The University of Alabama’s School of Public Health, newborns hospitalized due to drug withdrawal (NAS), saw… Read More


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Opioid abuse may cause brain swelling and memory loss

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In a new study, researchers found opioid abuse may lead to dangerous brain swelling effect that is sometimes ignored by doctors. In addition, opioid addiction may cause severe memory loss in survivors. The research was conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Tennessee.


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Boyd requests $3 million for UTHSC opioid addiction program

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University of Tennessee Interim President Randy Boyd is seeking $3 million for an opioid addiction treatment program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.


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Count it! Lock it! Drop it! Fighting opioid abuse in Shelby County

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The Shelby County Health Department joined this effort along with representatives from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Memphis Emergency Medical Services. Participants engaged with speakers and learned more about how to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities against opioid misuse and abuse.


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Officials rally behind plan to end opioid crisis in Shelby County

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The Opioid Task Force, a broad coalition of experts and officials in Memphis and Shelby County, on Wednesday unveiled a strategy aimed at ending the opioid crisis locally… …The county should have “wrap-around” services for people suffering from opioid addiction by July 1, said Dr. David Stern, a vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee… Read More


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The science of addiction: How opioids — and environment — change the brain

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Opiate drugs, which come from the opium poppy flower, and synthetic, or man-made, opioids also can trigger that brain process in the mesolimbic system. The drugs attach to certain specialized proteins on the same receptor brain cells where the pleasure-causing chemicals the body naturally makes normally attach. So can other drugs, including alcohol — but… Read More


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Doctor lays out $1M plan to prevent, aid opioid abuse

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Shelby County Commissioners heard the first steps of a possible plan to combat the opioid epidemic sweeping the county and the state Wednesday. But the first move of the fight has a steep price tag. “I thought this was a good way to start and really look at what’s possible for us to do,” said… Read More


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Drug, alcohol abuse saps $2 billion from Tennessee annually — an under-the-radar impact of opioid epidemic

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Teresa Waters, chair of preventive medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center who leads a policy research group, dug into the costs associated with substance abuse. The $2 billion cost to Tennessee includes: • $46 million for babies born in the state with neonatal abstinence syndrome, • $422.5 million for hospitalizations associated with opioid… Read More