Reducing Substance Abuse
Prescription Drug Dependence
TMA partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health to create
treatment guidelines for prescribing addictive medications. We helped
pass restrictions on the prescribing of Schedule II, III, and IV
controlled substances by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
We also have ongoing efforts to fund a statewide public campaign on
prescription drug abuse and misuse.
Prescription Safety Act
TMA worked with the state’s Public Safety Committee to amend legislation for new regulations on registered pain clinics. Changes were
made that prohibit over-dispensing of opioids and benzodiazepines and
require continuing education on proper prescribing.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome “Safe Harbor” Act
TMA advocated for passage of a new law in 2013 to protect addicted pregnant women from
punitive action if they adhere to drug and prenatal treatment throughout
Statewide Public Policy Initiatives
TMA was the catalyst to changing the prescribing educational
requirements for Tennessee physicians and has led the way on important
public policies and other initiatives.
Our members served on the physician committee to develop new opioid
prescribing guidelines under review by state licensing
TMA members have delivered prescription safety education courses to
their peers across the state since 2008.
Physicians have been instrumental in the state’s developing,
implementing and improving the innovative Controlled Substance