AG Slatery And Bipartisan Coalition Push FDA To Examine Progress In Opioid Fight

Monday, January 11, 2021

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III joined a broad coalition of 48 attorneys general in pushing federal regulators to examine recent progress in their fight against opioid abuse.

The bipartisan coalition seeks a progress report regarding recent steps taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to combat the opioid crisis, given the new authorities Congress granted the agency in 2018.

In their letter to FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, the attorneys general contend the requested information will help reduce prescription opioid abuse and accidental deaths.

“In Tennessee we see every day the devastating effects of opioid addition- the lives lost and the cost to our healthcare systems and local economies,” said General Slatery. “Every tool should be used- from the federal level on down-to protect consumers, educate patients, and provide relief as we work to abate the ongoing crisis.”

The coalition’s letter seeks clarification of how the FDA is using and plans to use powers granted under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act. Those provisions include safer opioid packaging and disposal features, research and issuance of new regulations on non-addictive alternatives to opioids and guidelines for opioid prescribing.

The attorneys general believe the FDA plays a critical role in ensuring both the safety and efficacy of opioids and encouraging non-addictive, non-opioid alternatives for treating pain.

General Slatery signed the West Virginia- and New Mexico-led letter with attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New  Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Read a copy of the coalition’s letter here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/attorneygeneral/documents/pr/2021/pr21-02-letter.pdf

 


Morning Pointe Foundation Presents Virtual Seminar On Combating COVID-19 Isolation In Senior Adults

UT Extension To Offer February And March Wellness Classes

The Joint Chiropractic Holds Ribbon Cutting At 3rd Location In Cleveland


The Morning Pointe Foundation and Mental Health America of the MidSouth, a regional organization that provides mental health services, will present “Combating COVID Isolation,” a virtual Caregiver ... (click for more)

UT Extension is offering a series virtual Tai Chi for Beginners classes in February and March (eight sessions each class). Classes are suited for adults of all fitness levels and focus on balance, ... (click for more)

The Joint Chiropractic and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for The Joint’s newest clinic, 698 Paul Huff Pkwy., last Wednesday. Dr. Justin Vasquez and his staff ... (click for more)



Living Well

Morning Pointe Foundation Presents Virtual Seminar On Combating COVID-19 Isolation In Senior Adults

The Morning Pointe Foundation and Mental Health America of the MidSouth, a regional organization that provides mental health services, will present “Combating COVID Isolation,” a virtual Caregiver Café seminar about coping with the effects of COVID-19 in our nation’s senior living communities. The program will be a free, registration-only event held online on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. ... (click for more)

UT Extension To Offer February And March Wellness Classes

UT Extension is offering a series virtual Tai Chi for Beginners classes in February and March (eight sessions each class). Classes are suited for adults of all fitness levels and focus on balance, fall prevention and stress reduction. Also offered is a fun, interactive Sensational Seniors eight-session class on topics appealing to older adults, such as healthy eating, staying ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Schools Will Stay On Virtual Learning Next Week Unless School Board Decides Differently On Thursday Night

Due to the current Phase Tracker level of 1.02 percent based on local COVID-19 trend data for the five-day average, all Hamilton County Schools will continue a remote learning schedule next week. Officials noted that Wednesday ’s active case count was at 3,096 cases versus the peak on Jan. 11 of 4,717 active cases. However, officials said, "The Hamilton County School Board ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools To Resume In-Person School For All Students Starting Monday

Cleveland City Schools will go back to in-person school for all students next Monday. Officials said, "We continue to monitor active case counts and other data points in our community. In consultation with the health department and a downward trend of local cases, the district will be in the Yellow Phase the week of January 25-29. All students will be in a traditional, in-person ... (click for more)

Opinion

It's Time For Impact Fees

This letter is regarding the potential high density development on Snowhill Road in Ooltewah. Growth is good. But it needs to be responsible growth. It would be instructive to see studies by other communities who have already gone through this so we can understand just what is the taxpayer cost burden of these high density developments. Additional taxes to add infrastructure, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Vols Ain't Dead

Matt Hayes, a writer for the SaturdayDownSouth.com website, was blistering in his view of what has been allowed to happen to the once-mighty University of Tennessee football program just hours after coach Jeremy Pruitt went down in flames on Monday. “I’ve got some harsh words for those in power at Tennessee, something they don’t want to hear but better embrace. It’s not the 1990s ... (click for more)