Mental health care, collaboration and prevention efforts along with out-patient treatment options were flagged as priorities by people who traveled from across the state to talk about what’s needed to stem the opioid abuse crisis.
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The requests garnered approval on Aug. 22 from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and now head to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for final approval. Two insurers revised original requests for deeper decreases after a commitment from the federal government on risk adjustment payments.
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The number of Tennesseans who died from drug overdoses hit another record high in 2017, continuing a troubling trend that’s plagued the state for nearly a decade.
Measures to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions, such as hydrocodone and oxycontin, have started to take hold across the state, as illustrated above in an analysis from the Sycamore Institute.
But, the number of people who died from opioid overdoses jumped year over year, in part from a surge in deaths from illicit drugs, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Health.