Alexander: 1st Round Of 21st Century Cures Funding Sends Nearly $14 Million To Combat Tennessee’s Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Wednesday released the following statement after Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price announced Tennessee will soon receive nearly $14 million in funding to combat opioid abuse – the first of two rounds of funding to be delivered as part of the 21st Century Cures Act that Senator Alexander sponsored and President Obama signed into law last year: 

“Last year, Leader McConnell called 21st Century Cures ‘the most important legislation of the year,’ and today’s announcement – nearly $14 million to help fight Tennessee’s ongoing opioid epidemic – is just one example of the real help this bill is delivering to Tennessee families,” Sen. Alexander said. “Opioid abuse or overdose kills more Tennesseans every year than gunshots or car wrecks, and this funding will send a substantial boost to those on the front lines of a battle that is being waged state by state, county by county, doctor’s office by doctor’s office.” 

The 21st Century Cures Act that was signed into law last December by President Obama provided $1 billion in grants to states to help fight the opioid epidemic. on Wednesday, Secretary Price announced the first round of funding to be delivered to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six U.S. territories—$485 million in total. States can use the federal grants to improve prescription drug monitoring programs, implement prevention activities, and train health care providers on overdose prevention and recognizing potential cases of substance abuse.

Tennessee ranks the third highest for opioid abuse in the nation with more than 1,000 Tennesseans dying each year as a result of drug overdose. Sen. Alexander was the chief Senate sponsor of the 21st Century Cures Act, along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa.).


Tennessee Legislature Approves MOC Bill

Physician members of the Tennessee Medical Association are praising a new law that will ease the mandatory requirements for doctors to maintain specialty board certification. The Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved the measure after a two-year effort by TMA to persuade state lawmakers to take action on what has become a hot button issue for physicians across the U.S., ... (click for more)

Free Tai Chi Classes April 3 In Tiftonia

Free Tai Chi classes begin April 3 at John A Patten Center in Tiftonia. Classes are for beginners and are designed to help those with arthritis, but others may benefit from this relaxing exercise, officials said. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-11:45 a.m. in April. Call UT Extension at 423-855-6113 to register. Leave your name and phone number. Registration ... (click for more)

South Carolina Man Arrested For Identity Theft After Signal Mountain Woman Gets Bills Of Over $27,000

A Darlington, S.C. man has been arrested and brought back to Chattanooga after a Signal Mountain woman said her identity was stolen and over $27,000 in bills were rung up. Jason Rashaad Jones, 36, was charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal impersonation, identity theft, forgery, theft of property and computer offenses. The victim filed a report with the Signal Mountain ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Clerk's Office Honors Donors With Donate Life Flag

Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles announced his office will raise the Donate Life Flag during the month of April.  Blue and green flags will be flying outside courthouses and county office buildings around Tennessee in recognition of National Donate Life Month.  This is an effort by county clerks to bring attention to the importance of organ and tissue donation.  ... (click for more)

Food Trucks Steal From Property And Rent-Paying Eateries - And Response

According to minutes of the City Council’s  Economic Development Committee and several local news articles, Chattanooga’s City Attorney gave a food truck presentation. He explained to City Council that a new food truck ordinance was being drafted to allow use of mobile food trucks on public  property . He said Chattanooga’s current ordinance limited food trucks to parking ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

I don’t make much of a secret that I hated every single second of the short time I spent in college or that I never took a journalism class. Instead what I know about writing was taught by a far greater collection of experts than you can find on any college campus. Andy Rooney, for example, was a genius with a dry humor who lectured to me almost every Sunday night for about 30 years. ... (click for more)