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Phil Bredesen on Drugs

Democratic TN Governor

 


Get tough on opioid prescriptions from pain clinics

Q: What are your thoughts on addressing the opioid epidemic?

A: Obviously, it's a terrible problem. When I was governor there was a methamphetamine problem, and I think just like then, there is no one single solution to it. I think going after some of the manufacturers, and the way they are marketing and promoting these drugs, is a part of the question. There certainly are clinics around that exist for the purpose of making these prescriptions, these pain clinics and so on. I think we should be very tough on them, and frankly, I'd also like to see physicians themselves take a little more responsibility. I think it's just too easy to write a prescription for 30 or 60 days when someone might only need five of them. Unlike some of the other kinds of drug epidemics we've had, so much of this starts with perfectly legal prescriptions that are given unsuspecting people, people who never thought they would become hooked. That leads to some of these other abuses.

Source: Johnson City Press on 2018 Tennessee Senate race , May 4, 2018

Proliferation of meth is one of the most serious threats

Attacking methamphetamine manufacturing and abuse: I believe the proliferation of meth is one of the most serious threats facing rural, urban and suburban Tennessee. I’m proud to report that our comprehensive Meth-Free Tennessee Initiative has cut the number of toxic meth labs in our state by 50% since March 2005. We’re continuing the fight against meth with education and enforcement programs.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, bredesen.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

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