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.
Michael W. Aliff, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, has graduated from the U.S. Army Air Assault School and earned the honor of wearing the Air Assault Badge.
The 2012 graduate of Oliver Springs High School is the son of Mike Aliff of Oak Ridge and Devonah Erwin of Maryville.
The 10-day course of instruction focuses on combat assault operations involving hands-on, performance-oriented Army warfare operations associated with helicopters.