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ETSU leaders applaud state for $500K for Center for Drug Abuse Prevention

Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell addresses a crowd gathered at ETSU to thank state lawmakers for their appropriation for the school's Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment. (ETSU)

East Tennessee State University hosted an event to thank state lawmakers for a $500,000 appropriation made to assist the work of the school's Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment.

Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell noted during Thursday's gathering that the Johnson City center can be a model for the rest of the state which, like many other localities across the nation, is in the midst of a opioid epidemic.

Rep. Gary Hicks said that programs are launched by the center are already credited with saving lives but the effort to combat overdose deaths and other associated problems will take a multi-faceted approach.

Part of that approach includes a outpatient treatment center located in Gray that uses methadone along with counseling to help those with their struggles. More information on that facility and other part of the program is available by clicking here.

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