In the Media Tag: opioid

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

Memphis Flyer

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.

UT Med treating opioid crisis as medical, not moral

The Commercial Appeal

When you think of a drug addict, who do you see? A criminal who is mentally weak, morally deficient or recklessly irresponsible? Or a child or spouse or friend or neighbor who is physically ill? Dr. David Stern, dean of the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine in Memphis, is trying to get us to see… Read More

Religious Groups Help Transform Addiction from Moral Failure to Treatable Disease

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NASHVILLE — Religious groups across the USA have long helped recovering addicts through 12-step programs and nonprofits that hire recovering addicts. But now, many are turning their sights on the opioid crisis gripping the nation, and experts say they can do more to fight the epidemic. Barriers to treatment particularly cause anxiety to people who have endured decades… Read More

Largly white opioid epidemic highlights black frustration with drug war

The Commercial Appeal

The circle of patients gathered for group therapy at a doctor’s family practice in McKenzie, Tenn., could well represent the face of the state’s opioid epidemic. They were in a small city in a rural county, fertile ground for prescription drug addiction, though they traveled from as far as Nashville and Missouri. They were young… Read More

Religious community helps combat opioid epidemic

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Wendell Taylor hurt his back in the midst of a rough divorce nearly a decade ago. His doctor gave him a prescription for painkillers. Before long, the former West Tennessee concrete business owner needed the opioids to numb his physical and mental pain. But in his recovery, Taylor needed God. “God has led me to get involved… Read More