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Legislation to curb Rx abuse and pill mills passes

Published: 9:44 AM, 05/02/2013 Last updated: 10:01 AM, 05/02/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NASHVILLE—Major legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) designed to curb the abuse of prescription drugs in Tennessee is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature. Faison said the bill is a result of "comprehensive and collaborative effort by citizens, legislators, law enforcement and medical professionals to enhance and tighten the regulations on prescribers and pain management clinics."

"The bill is named the Addison Sharp Prescription Regulatory Act of 2013 in memory of an East Tennessee man whose young life was tragically cut short in 2012 by an overdose of prescription medication,"¯ said Faison. "Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in Tennessee,"¯ Faison continued.  "It not only adversely affects the public health, but the public safety and economy.  This legislation provides additional tools to fight the scourge pill mills have created."

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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