The Unintended Victim

Paul Shoulders Jr. didn’t take drugs the day they killed him.

Someone else did.

As Tennessee grapples to curb the deadly toll of prescription drug abuse, Shoulders’ death four years ago represents another cost that may not be so apparent — but is just as devastating.

Hundreds of Tennesseans are killed in crashes involving a driver using drugs. The number of deadly crashes that involved drug use has surpassed deadly wrecks involving drunken and distracted drivers.

“It amazes me that it’s been this long and I’m still...

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