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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Opioid use=$2 billion annual cost to Tennessee
A recent study of the cost of substance abuse in Tennessee finds that the annual costs total more than $2 billion —and more than half comes from lost income from people who have dropped out of the labor market. Those are the findings of Teresa Waters, chair of preventive medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center who heads up a policy research group, The substance abuse epidemic — mostly involving opioids — raises a number of questions with regard to access to treatment and stemming the illegal use of prescription painkillers. Waters found that The $2 billion cost to Tennessee includes: $46 million for babies born in the state with neonatal abstinence syndrome, $422.5 million in hospital costs and $138 million for hospitalizations with alcohol listed as the first diagnosis. But the biggest component., at $1.29 billion, is the lost income from having an estimated 31,000 people, or 1 percent of the workforce, out of jobs due to drug usage. Said Waters, "When I put it all together, I was like, 'wow. It's a wake-up; call that this is not just a sad story. This is an economic story. “


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