commissioner doug varney http://wmot.org en Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrockets in Tennessee http://wmot.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-skyrockets-tennessee <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) &mdash; Tennessee saw a 23 percent increase last year in the number of prescriptions written&nbsp;for controlled substances.</p><p>In spite of efforts to crack down on the state&#39;s prescription drug abuse epidemic, a new report shows that nearly 18 million prescriptions for drugs like OxyContin and hydrocodone were dispensed in Tennessee in 2011.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 16:19:46 +0000 AP/WMOT 11309 at http://wmot.org