Abuse of prescription opioids — or pain medications — is the No. 1 drug problem for Tennesseans receiving publicly funded assistance for treatment services, according to statistics recently released by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone have increased 500 percent, the statistics show.
Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Acting Director Bill Giannini of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs are encouraging all Tennesseans who were referred to or received services from physicians affiliated with Community Health Systems Inc. in the last five years to review their credit reports and accounts for possible unauthorized activity.
Affected patients should take advantage of the one year free credit monitoring offered by the company in the wake of the data breach announced earlier this month.
Through Nov. 30, visitors to the Museum of East Tennessee History will have an opportunity to view special items associated with the Freedom Engine, a tribute gift from East Tennesseans to New York City following the events of Sept. 11, 2001.