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The overdose crisis shows little sign of abating in Nashville. The fire department says it has administered the overdose reversal drug Narcan to 1,036 patients already this year, a 23% increase over the same point in 2018.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established house rules for problem patients who abuse drugs while in the hospital. The policies are meant to improve safety for other patients and staff.

courtesy ReVIDA

A Nashville-based startup has taken over a troubled chain of opioid treatment centers in East Tennessee with visions of expanding throughout the region. And job number one is rehabbing the old company's image.

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Imagine a worst-case scenario with the flu — sniffles, chills, aching and vomiting. That's what it often feels like to withdraw from heroin and powerful opioids. Medication helps. But writhing in bed is almost always in order.

It's not the time most people would turn to songwriting, but as music therapy grows as a method to cope with addiction, it's being used in the depths of detox by a program new to Nashville called Rock to Recovery.

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For the first time since tragedy struck her family, Mayor Megan Barry spoke publicly on Monday to call on families to have difficult conversations about addiction.

Courtesy of Cumberland Heights

Nashville's Music Row is home to recording studios, publishing houses — and now, an addiction treatment facility. Cumberland Heights cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new outpatient clinic in what has been the center of of the Nashville music industry. 

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Putnam County will begin offering long-term birth control to women as they leave jail, at least for those who choose to be part of a family planning program.