Educating children, making overdose-reversing drugs available to all state troopers and adding hundreds of prison beds to treat those fighting opioid addiction are part of Gov. Bill Haslam and legislative leaders' comprehensive $30 million proposal to combat the epidemic.
The proposal comes as Tennessee continues to fight the ongoing crisis, which now claims at least three lives a day in Tennessee. More than 1,600 residents died from drug overdoses in 2016.
"It is no secret our country faces a huge challenge in the opioid epidemic," Haslam said at a Monday press conference unveiling the initiative. "Tennessee unfortunately is not an exception to the problem."
The plan — dubbed "TN Together" — will be funded with both federal and state dollars and consist of three main components: prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
The largest component is focused on treatment. The proposal calls for $25 million in state and federal funding to be directed toward paying for treatment and recovery programs for people who cannot afford them