Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's Son Dies from Apparent Overdose, Prompting Outpouring of Support

So often it has been Nashville Mayor Megan Barry seeking to comfort the city during times of tragedy. But now, Nashvillians are providing their support for her and family after Max Barry, the only child of the mayor and her husband Bruce Barry, died Saturday night from an apparent drug overdose. His death occurred in Littleton, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where the 22-year-old Max Barry had recently moved after graduating college. It left Mayor Barry, the public face of Nashville, addressing a deeply personal tragedy and devastating loss as she received an overwhelming outpouring of condolences from across the city, state and nation. “Early this morning, we received news that no parents shoul

Commission Urges President Trump to Declare Emergency over Opioid Crisis

A White House commission called for a national emergency over the opioid epidemic in a report released Monday. By declaring a national emergency, President Trump's cabinet would be able to take action and would force Congress to find funding for solutions, according to the interim report from the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. "It would also awaken every American to this simple fact: If this scourge has not found you or your family yet, without bold action by everyone, it soon will," the report reads. "You, Mr. president, are the only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's Son Dies from Apparent Overdose, Prompting Outpouring of Support

Max Barry, the mayor's only son, died in Colorado of an apparent drug overdose, the mayor's office said in a statement. So often it has been Nashville Mayor Megan Barry seeking to comfort the city during times of tragedy. But now, Nashvillians are providing their support for her and family after Max Barry, the only child of the mayor and her husband Bruce Barry, died Saturday night from an apparent drug overdose. His death occurred in Littleton, Colo., a suburb of Denver, where the 22-year-old Max Barry had recently moved after graduating college. It left Mayor Barry, the public face of Nashville, addressing a deeply personal tragedy and devastating loss as she received an overwhelming outpo

Addiction Is Like an Ill-Advised Love Affair

When I first took heroin, I felt like I was home, safe and loved—after years of dread, rejection, and loneliness. Even though I was in a dismal New York City welfare hotel room and had just discovered that my boyfriend had been with another woman, the drug allowed me to feel as though I had the radiant warmth of unconditional acceptance, the bliss of being truly cared for. That, quite obviously, was not what I'd been experiencing seconds before I snorted it. Like mine, most accounts of addiction have the same clichéd structure as those of disastrous love affairs: the ecstasy of the first connection, the obsession with the person or substance, the craving induced by memories, the persistent b

UT Medical Center Program Encourages Drug Addicted Mothers to Detox

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Doctors from the UT Medical Center offered some promising statistics amid an ongoing opioid crisis. Births of drug dependent babies in East Tennessee have decreased 12 percent. In Knoxville alone, those births have decreased 18 percent. Dr. Robert Elder said a big part of that is the way doctors are treating drug addicted pregnant women at UT Medical Center: through detox. On Wednesday, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists approved detox as an acceptable treatment for those patients who do not have access to medical assisted therapy. A program at UT Medical Center offers guidance for women who are addicted and expecting. The women are offered an

Fentanyl: Can You Oerdose by Touching It?

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - One opioid of concern for law enforcement is Fentanyl, a drug the CDC says is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. There have been reports of people dying from an overdose of this drug in other states, just by touching it. Knoxville Police say a woman who used to work at Burger King on Merchants Drive almost overdosed by accidentally touching a powder substance. The woman told 10News she was cleaning the bathroom when it happened. She said she picked up a bottle cap and a white powder spilled out onto her hand. She realized she had a cut on her finger and says she told her supervisor. Soon after, she started to feel faint, dizzy, had chest pain, sweating and a quick

Man Convicted on Federal Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Charges in Nashville

A man at the center of a multi-state heroin and cocaine distribution operation has been found guilty by a federal jury in Nashville following a two-week trial. Ricky “Boom” Thompson, 43, of Toledo, Ohio, was convicted Friday of conspiracy to distribute more than 1 kilogram of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, conspiracy to commit money laundering, possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit witness intimidation. Heroin distributed through Thompson’s operation led to multiple heroin-related overdoses in Tennessee and the fatal overdose of a young woman in Ohio, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Tennessee. Thompson operat

Morristown Doctor Added as Seventh Defendant in Opioid Lawsuit

A Morristown doctor has been added as the seventh defendant in a lawsuit filed against three major pharmaceutical companies, a Kingsport clinic and two individuals by three Northeast Tennessee district attorneys general alleging that they all contributed to Tennessee’s “opioid epidemic.” Dr. Abdelrahman Hassabu Mohamed is accused in the suit of participating in the “illegal drug market for opioids.” Mohamed is the owner and operator of Hamblen Neuroscience Center in Morristown, which is labeled a “pill mill” in the suit. It claims that many of the prescriptions he issued were diverted to the illegal opioid drug market. First Judicial District Attorney Tony Clark, Second Judicial District Att

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Sees Sky-High Rate of Opioid Use

Opioid Epidemic: Tennessee leads the nation in number of opioid prescriptions per person and has a five-year death toll that has climbed to 6,036. Find out more: opioid.knoxnews.com https://www.facebook.com/knoxnews/photos/a.89043062648.75027.18884137648/10155452884767649/?type=3&theater

Buffat Heights Baptist Church will start a Recovery Ministry

Our Executive Director is at Buffat Heights Baptist Church breakfast this morning. They announced the church will be starting a recovery ministry in September called Living Free. Other churches in the area are also encouraged to join! If you are interested in starting a recovery ministry at your church, please contact Metro Drug Coalition. https://www.facebook.com/MetroDrug/photos/a.121411331208498.22664.120057558010542/1761974677152147/?type=3&theater

Video: Hallerin Hill opens Dialogue about Opioid Epidemic on Radio Show

Radio Talk Show Host Hallerin Hilton Hill joined the conversation about the opioid epidemic in East Tennessee during his evening NewsTalk show on 98.7 FM Thursday evening. "We brushed against this topic on the show today and the phone lines are just boom," Hallerin said about the response to the topic with his listeners. Former addicts, people in recovery and parents who lost children to the opioid epidemic called in to talk to Hallerin. Hallerin said maybe breaking the cycle starts with raising awareness by continuing the conversation. "If you are listening tonight, something sparks inside of you that says 'wait a minute, that's me' or 'wait a minute, I need to do something or someone close

27 Years Addicted, 3 Years Clean, Woman Credits Narcan for Saving Her

Angie Gilliam was an addict for 27 years before she had a life-changing moment that inspired her to seek help. She has now been clean for three years. "I was literally the walking dead. When you are in addiction, you are the definition of the walking dead," Gilliam said. Just when she thought she hit rock bottom, she felt a loss she never saw coming. "In 2009, my world fell apart, I lost my mom. She died from an accidental overdose." Shortly after that loss, Angie gave up on herself. "I was hell-bent on destroying myself, I didn't care if I lived or died," she added. She tried to take her own life by overdosing, but paramedics gave her Narcan, a life-saving overdose reversal drug. "If I had

Helping People Join Meaningful Communities on Facebook

One way to bring the world closer together is by helping more people join meaningful communities. It turns out most people don't seek out communities on Facebook or in the physical world. Either your friends invite you or we suggest them for you. So we're looking for ways to help people find groups that will be meaningful to them. A lot of people follow pages on Facebook for topics they're interested in. So today, we're making it easier to join groups around the pages you follow. Some of these groups will be lighter -- like people who follow sports teams or TV shows. Others will be more serious. Dealing with addiction can be isolating and AddictionUnscripted.com is a place for people affecte

The OD Epidemic: WBIR Highlights Drug Overdose Crisis

Knox County is on pace -- right now -- to record 300 suspected drug overdose deaths in 2017. Three hundred. Almost one a day. As Knoxville Police Department Chief David Rausch told 10News recently, if that many people were dying that often because of any other cause, such as shootings or car crashes, citizens would demand immediate action. This month, starting today, 10News will highlight our drug overdose crisis. We hope this community-targeted project, called The OD Epidemic: Heartache, Hope, Help will raise the public's awareness about the epidemic and spur citizens to act. Each weekday this month we'll be telling you the latest figures on suspected ODs – suspected deaths to date and how

Gray Death: What you Need to Know

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Have you ever heard of gray death? It's a deadly new drug that's starting to pup up around the Mid-South. It looks like concrete, but even touching it can be fatal. Karen Morgan with Turning Point Recovery stopped by to talk about that and what you can do if you need help. http://wreg.com/2017/07/18/gray-death-what-you-need-to-know/

Help Available for Kids Coping with Parents’ Addiction to Opioids

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The opioid epidemic leaves a mark on so many in the East Tennessee community. Two children were found last week by the Knoxville Police Department in a car parked at a gas station on Tazewell Pike. Police found a woman unconscious and a second overdose victim, a man, inside the car with the children. EMS gave the man and woman the overdose antidote Naloxone. While names haven’t been released, DCS was called to take care of the children while the man and woman were sent to the hospital. One mom who’s wrestled with addiction says conversations about drug use are not easy, but it’s a reality that needs to be talked about. Sara Alese has a job at Project ACT that’s given her p

CDC Awards $12 Million to Help States Fight Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Atlanta, GA–(ENEWSPF)–July 17, 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be awarding this week more than $12 million to 23 states and the District of Columbia to support their responses to the opioid overdose epidemic. The funds will be used to strengthen prevention efforts and better track of opioid-related overdoses. CDC expects to announce additional funding awards for state opioid overdose prevention programs later in the summer. “The opioid epidemic is a scourge on our nation that knows no bounds,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. “President Trump and we at HHS are working to support states on the front lines of this national crisis. This ne

Naloxone Training and Distribution

Starting on July 1, a grant from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will provide training and doses of Narcan to NE TN first responders, law enforcement, community organizations and family and friends of individuals at risk of an opioid overdose. Until more information is available, please: Fill out the form below so we can start a list of those who will need the medication Keep checking back or sign up for our newsletter to hear the latest. https://sites.google.com/scadcoalition.org/updated/prescription-drug-misuse/naloxone

LET ’EM DIE

Americans often complain about how far Washington debates seem to be removed from the lives of real people. But Washington’s health care debate and the nation’s opioid crisis became quite real to me in new ways after a city councilman in the Ohio town where I grew up made national news by raising a provocative question: Does the city have to respond to calls from repeat opiate overdose patients? Morality aside — and that’s pushing a lot aside — that’s a good question, especially in a town whose local governmentis struggling to make endsmeet. Middletown, Ohio, my old hometown, is faced with that challenge. The oncethriving factory town that I recall has become a textbook case of postindustria

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