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Opioid Addiction Hotline Opens in Tennessee

Help for someone struggling with opioid abuse is now just a phone call away.

290 people in Knox County died of a drug overdoes in 2018, according to the Knox County District Attorney General's Office. Many others were likely saved by a dose of Narcan administered by first responders or at a hospital.

Lawmakers worked last year to come up with legislation to curb the rising epidemic, and one of those measures takes effect on January 1.

Year-in-review: 2018 a deadly year in fight against opioids

The Tennessee Redline is a toll free number, and is supposed to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide support for people dealing with opioid addiction. The number is 1-800-889-9789

The hotline is part of the TN Together plan to fight opioid addiction.

Reports from the hotline will be sent to the necessary health-related board, or law enforcement agency, but officials say it will protect those who report the information.

This is part the Tennessee Together Initiative to end the opioid crisis.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, then you are urged to call the Tennessee Redline.

The Redline number is 1-800-889-9789 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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