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A report released Monday gives Tennessee a seven out of 10 on promising strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse.
The report — “Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic” — was compiled by Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan public health organization based in Washington, D.C.
Each state was given a score based on 10 indicators.
Indicators used to measure each state were: If the state had a prescription drug monitoring program, whether participation in a monitoring program was mandatory, doctor shopping laws, support for substance abuse and treatment services, education of prescribers, Good Samaritan laws, rescue drug laws, physical exam requirements, ID requirements and whether individuals suspected of misusing controlled substances must use a single prescriber and pharmacy.
Meeting the criteria for a category earned a state one point. The highest possible score would be a 10, and the lowest possible score would be zero. No state scored a zero. New Mexico and Vermont were the only two states to score a perfect 10, while South Dakota scored the lowest, with only two out of 10 criteria met.
Tennessee is above average with seven out of 10. The state did not receive any points for support of substance abuse treatment services, good Samaritan laws or rescue drug laws.
Click to read the full report.Read more in the Tuesday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.