LENOIR CITY (WATE) – The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said they are opening a line of community with the medical profession regarding prescription drug abuse.
Sheriff Tim Guider said his department wil start sending certified letters to doctors and nurse practitioners writing prescriptions to persons that have been arrested or indicted for drug diversion or abuse crimes related to their prescriptions. The letter will identify the patient and the charges the patient is facing. If the patient is convicted of a prescription-related offense, Sheriff Guider said a follow-up letter will be sent to the prescriber notifying them of the conviction.
“We need to be a little bit more aggressive or progressive in our attempt to lower the usage of opiates that are killing our citizens,” said Guider.Related:1,451 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2015
Guider said most of the time doctors don not know that a patient is abusing a prescription. He hopes his letters will change that.