Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Tennessee Drug Trends Focus of Recent Podcast

September 16, 2019

The Tennessee Court Talk podcast recently hosted two of the state's leading experts in drug trends to explore recent statistics  and developments in the state. In July 2019, the Centers for Disease Control released the most recent opioid overdose mortality rates, which showed a decrease for the first time in a decade at the national level. Unfortunately, that trend did not hold true for Tennessee, where overdose rates rose a modest 4.8 percent. In this episode, Special Agent Tommy Farmer from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Dangerous Drug Task Force and Dr. Robert Pack, Professor of Community and Behavior Health at East Tennessee State University, discuss the most recent statistics, where the state is showing improvements as well as new trends like the increase of heroin and fentanyl and the resurgence of meth.

Tennessee Court Talk is an educational podcast from the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts, bringing together the very best law experts to discuss topics affecting judges, attorneys, law students, and the people of Tennessee. This episode was created in conjunction with the Tennessee Judicial Opioid Initiative. 

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