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
UTHSC In the Media
New Year’s Day kicks off the year-round tobacco ban on University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus. It’s an idea that students pushed to have the university put into action. The days are numbered for students, faculty, and staff to enjoy a smoke or vape as they walk through campus. Come Jan. 1, 2018, the… Read More
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will become a tobacco- and smoke-free campus effective Jan. 1.
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
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will prohibit the “use of, advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products on university property, facilities, grounds, and controlled venues will be prohibited, effective 24 hours a day, year round,” in a decision announced Friday. “We understand the health consequences of smoking,” said Ken Brown, executive… Read More
Addiction experts agree it should be treated as a medical problem rather than a crime. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine Executive Dean David Stern said the director of the center for addiction on campus uses this approach. “He views addiction as a medical problem,” Stern said of Dr. Daniel Sumrok.… Read More
UTHSC is one reason Danny Thomas built St. Jude in Memphis. Today, the medical school and health care training complex employs 4,200 and contributes nearly $2 billion to the annual Memphis economy.
You often hear about Memphis’ high homicide rate, but the rate at which people are dying from overdosing on opioids is just as alarming. The opioid epidemic is grabbing headlines. From Shelby County suing pharmaceutical companies to Donald Trump declaring the problem a health emergency. So how bad is it? According to the West Tennessee… Read More