Tennessee wants to help patients affected by doctor arrests

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is activating substance abuse resources and statewide call lines to help patients affected by the arrests of doctors and nurses in a crackdown on prescription opioid abuse.

Indictments were unsealed this week charging more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of painkillers.

According to a news release, TennCare members receiving services from any of the affected clinics can find assistance coordinating care by reaching out to their assigned health plans.

For addiction treatment services, Tennessee’s REDLINE operates 24 hours a day at (800) 889-9789. The state also has a 24-hour-a-day crisis line for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis at (855) CRISIS-1 or (855) 274-7471.

See also: East Tennessee doctors, medical professionals charged in multi-state opioid operation

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