Prescription drug abuse a constant battle in Tenn.

Prescription drug abuse a constant battle in Tenn.

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MEMPHIS (AP) - The battle against prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is constantly being fought by officers and lawmakers.

The Commercial Appeal reports 79 of the 92 drug-related deaths in Shelby County in 2010 can be attributed to prescription medications such as methadone and oxycodone.

Sheriff's Chief Insp. Wayne Goudy says when the 2012 numbers are compiled officials expected to see a 15% increase in overdose deaths.

Officials are trying to battle the numbers on different fronts.

On April 1, Tennessee began requiring pain clinics to use a database to track commonly abused drugs. In addition, lawmakers have passed stricter regulations for pain clinics that the governor is expected to sign.

The measures are in addition to a registry of pain clinic locations created last year.

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