22 Jun 2020

Tennessee children taught how to reverse opiate overdose

From Nine To Noon, 10:08 am on 22 June 2020
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The opioid addiction crisis in the US is so acute that in the state of Tennessee school pupils as young as six are being taught how to reverse an overdose. Opiate abuse is affecting urban and rural communities across all 50 states, ravaging families and impacting on how children are being raised. In the state of Tennessee alone - there were close to 2000 opioid deaths in 2018. Sherry Barnett is a nurse practitioner who is in recovery from her own addiction, and she is now giving drug education classes to students in primary schools and high schools. She is an overdose prevention specialist for the state of Tennessee.