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1US TN: Candidates For Tennessee Governor Split On Medical MarijuanaThu, 07 Sep 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Ebert, Joel Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:09/09/2017

As Tennessee lawmakers begin discussions about possibly allowing medical marijuana in Tennessee, the top-tier candidates seeking to replace Gov. Bill Haslam have vastly different opinions.

While legalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee has been brought up in the legislature several times in recent years, House Speaker Beth Harwell, who announced her run for governor in July, made headlines when she said she was open to the idea.

Last month, Harwell said a treatment using marijuana for her sister's back injury caused her to reconsider whether the Volunteer State should embrace medical cannabis, the Associated Press reported.

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2US TN: Senator Expects Panel Will Help Educate Public, TennesseeSun, 03 Sep 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Ebert, Joel Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:09/03/2017

Educating lawmakers and the general public will be a key component of the recently formed legislative committee tasked with tackling medical marijuana, according to one of the legislators heading up the panel.

"I think one of the goals is to make sure that the people and the advocates and the patients are aware of what we're doing and make sure that they give feedback to their elected officials," said Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, who along with Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, are heading up a legislative committee to study the issue.

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3 US TN: PUB LTE: Beth Harwell's Changing Marijuana StanceThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Levy, Jeffrey H. Area:Tennessee Lines:38 Added:08/31/2017

I was truly amazed when I heard that Beth Harwell, erstwhile gubernatorial candidate and reefer madness maven, said she was "open" to medicinal cannabis here in Tennessee.

This is a major reversal of policy for Ms. Harwell.

What changed her mind? She says her sister's positive experience with state legal medicinal cannabis products in Colorado while recovering from a broken back made her rethink the issue.

Thousands of Tennesseans have, for years now, been asking Ms. Harwell and her fellow Republicans for a medical cannabis program, as can be found in 29 other states so far, to treat illnesses such as my wife's multiple sclerosis. For years now, our pleas have fallen on deaf Republican ears.

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4US TN: Harwell 'Open' To Medical Marijuana Law In TennesseeSat, 12 Aug 2017
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Schelzig, Erik Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:08/17/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The treatment of her sister's back injury has caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate Tennessee's ban on medical marijuana.

Harwell, who is speaker of the state House of Representatives, told a Republican gathering earlier this month that allowing medical marijuana has come up as part of a discussion about how to tackle the state's opioid crisis.

The longtime Nashville representative said her sister was recently prescribed opioids after breaking her back.

"She was in a yoga class and came down out of a shoulder stand the wrong way," Harwell said. "And she was, of course, in a great deal of pain."

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5 US TN: Opioid-Related Hospitalizations More Than Triple For TennesseeSun, 13 Aug 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN) Author:Wadhwani, Anita Area:Tennessee Lines:165 Added:08/15/2017

The rate of hospitalizations for Tennesseans 65 years and older due to painkillers has more than tripled in a decade.

Older adults are being hospitalized for reasons that range from falls and auto accidents after taking pain pills to unintentional overdoses, interactions with other medications and weakened kidney or liver functions in aging bodies that fail to metabolize the drug in the same way as younger people.

Experts say physicians and family members are more likely to overlook addiction in senior citizens -- even after opioids require a trip to the hospital.

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6US TN: Lawmaker To Push Bounty Hunting Crackdown After FatalThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Ingersoll, Stephanie Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:08/10/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A state lawmaker said he will propose legislation in January to tighten laws governing bounty hunters and bonding agents in the wake of a fatal shooting in Clarksville.

On Wednesday, Rep. Joe Pitts held a meeting with representatives from the Tennessee Sheriff's Association, Tennessee Association of Professional Bail Agents, Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley and Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson, among others.

Pitts said the meeting was sparked by a series of articles by The Leaf-Chronicle that examined laws pertaining to bounty hunters and bonding agents. In some cases, the laws are unclear. In others, the laws are simply being ignored.

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7 US TN: DA: 'Modern-Day Opium Den' Closed In West KnoxvilleWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)          Area:Tennessee Lines:32 Added:07/14/2017

Authorities on Wednesday closed a West Knoxville apartment that the Knox County District Attorney General's Office called "a modern-day opium den."

Apartment 3 at 2818 Dayton St. has been the scene of several overdoses - -- one resulting in death -- over the past five months, according to a statement from the District Attorney General's Office.

In the fatal overdose, police believe one of the apartment's residents, Cassandra Deann Canupp, supplied the victim with drugs, according to the statement. The victim died of fentanyl and cocaine intoxication.

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8 US TN: Knoxville Pd Seeks Federal Grant To Combat Opioid OverdosesTue, 17 Jan 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)          Area:Tennessee Lines:56 Added:01/18/2017

The Knoxville Police Department is seeking a federal grant to bring a research-based approach to countering opioid abuse.

Judy Jenkins keeps her medication in a bucket stored in a pantry instead of the medicine cabinet.(Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Tennessean)

The Knoxville Police Department is seeking a federal grant to bring a research-based approach to countering one of the city's and the Tennessee's fastest-growing epidemics - opioid abuse.

City Council members are set to vote on a resolution Tuesday night that, if approved, would give KPD permission to apply for a 2017 Smart Policing Initiative grant worth up to $700,000 over three years.

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9 US TN: Brentwood To Take Part In Prescription Drug Take-Back DayTue, 17 Jan 2017
Source:Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)          Area:Tennessee Lines:33 Added:01/18/2017

Federal officials have said they want to work with Tennessee to curb the opioid epidemic.(Photo: Getty Images / iStockphoto)

If you're looking for a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs, head over to the Brentwood Municipal Center on April 30.

The Brentwood Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Residents can drop off prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was established to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Brentwood police officers will be on hand at the Brentwood Municipal Center during the event.

According to the DEA, prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is at "alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to those drugs."

For more information visit https://brentwood-tn.org.

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10US TN: Mt. Juliet Police Investigate Heroin, Meth OperationTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Humbles, Andy Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:01/10/2017

Mt. Juliet Police conducted a search warrant Tuesday afternoon as part of a heroin and methamphetamine investigation that closed Old Lebanon Dirt Road near Nighthawk Lane.

The search warrant included explosions that police described as "flashbangs," which were deployed as distractions because of information the individuals inside may have been armed, Mt. Juliet Police Lt. Tyler Chandler said.

"So, using distraction methods, helps minimize risk for the Special Response Team members making entry," Chandler said.

Old Lebanon Dirt Road between Nighthawk Lane and Eagle Trace Drive was closed for a period of time before being reopened.

The Tennessean will provide additional information as details become available.

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11US TN: Reducing Risks Of Addiction One Prescription At A TimeFri, 06 Jan 2017
Source:Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN) Author:Willis, Andrea D. Area:Tennessee Lines:Excerpt Added:01/06/2017

"Prevention is preferable to cure." These words are part of the modern Hippocratic Oath, which guide my work and the work of my fellow physicians across our state. Today we are facing a crisis that demands a preventive solution: prescription painkiller abuse.

The stakes are real -- I've heard too many heart-wrenching tales of lives lost and families torn apart. We know many of these addicts never intended to be drug abusers, but began with a real need to treat pain from injuries or other medical conditions.

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