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ETSU expert cites ‘promising trends’ in local opioid battle

Brandon Paykamian, Johnson City Press • Nov 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

The most recent 2017 Drug Enforcement Agency statistics ranked Tennessee first in the nation in opioid sales, with an average of 44.3 kilograms of opioids per 100,000 residents.

The national average for opioid sales per 100,000 people stood at 24.4 kilograms — just over half of what has been witnessed in Tennessee, where nearly 1,300 people died as a result of opioid-related deaths in 2017.

In the midst of the epidemic, local health care providers in Northeast Tennessee — one of the hardest-hit regions — have had their hands full as they’ve worked to combat the crisis.

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