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If there is one thing that is going for Tennessee, it is that the number of drug treatment admissions for opioid drug addiction has been steadily increasing since 1993.

However, this is not all good news because, as of 2012 Tennessee has one of the lowest rates of drug addiction treatment admissions in the country. Only a measly 0.21 percent of its total population has ever sought treatment for their drug addiction problems. Nonetheless, the number of admissions has increase by as much as 3.8 percent in 2012 and 9.2 percent in 2008. Such figures are cause of optimism among Tennessee’s policy makers and drug rehab facilities. More than 30 percent of all treatment admissions were due to prescription opioid analgesics as well as other synthetic opiates. Close to 20 percent of all treatment admissions were from marijuana addiction while 11 percent more were for cocaine. Around 6 percent of all treatment admissions have been attributed to methamphetamine addiction.

Prescription opioid analgesics have accounted for three-quarters of drug overdose related deaths. In fact, in 2014, Tennessee had one of the country’s highest mortality rates associated with drug overdose at 19.5 per 100,000 population. There were 1,269 deaths believed to be the direct result of drug overdose, more than 80 percent of which were attributed to prescription narcotic analgesics. This reflected a 7 percent increase from its 2013 statistic of 1,187 deaths for an age adjusted death rate of 18.1.

Regardless of the figures, Tennessee’s drug addiction center landscape must be able to think of ways both to increase the number of treatment admissions and to speed up the rate at which drug dependents and addicts are treated and rehabilitated. The Tennessee government is continuously thinking of ways on how to curb the rising incidence of drug addiction in the state. Community organizations as well as socio-civic groups are being mobilized in an effort to spread appropriate and factual information about the inherent dangers of illicit drugs and substances. Additionally, parishes and schools are being increasingly partnered with by both the government and drug rehabilitation organizations and institutions.

Among Tennessee’s drug rehab facilities there is a frenzied atmosphere geared for the upping of their marketing activities. This is in an effort to increase the number of drug addiction treatment admissions to these treatment facilities. It is hoped that by expanding the coverage of their marketing efforts to include both online and traditional offline media, they can reach out to more individuals who may have problems coming out in the open because of the punitive nature of drug use. However, one particular element that some drug rehab centers have found very useful is the use of alumni testimonials from successful rehabilitees. It is observed that drug dependents put credence on the words of a former drug addict and a successful rehabilitee than do other forms of information dissemination.

Whether Tennessee’s drug treatment landscape will pick up anytime soon or not is a matter that only the drug enforcement officials, drug treatment policymakers, and drug rehabilitation centers can answer.

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