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Warren County ambassador sought for opioid campaign
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The Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis campaign is still looking for an individual to represent Warren County. Thane, a veteran and recovering addict, tells his story of struggling with an opioid addiction as Cannon County’s representative for the project, which hopes to bring awareness to opioid addiction in Tennessee.

If you or someone you know has been impacted by the opioid crisis and would like to tell your story, the Tennessee Department of Health is seeking an ambassador for Warren County for the “Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis” public education and awareness campaign.

This project involves Tennesseans from across the state sharing personal stories of how they’ve been impacted by opioid addiction. The campaign also provides resources and information on how everyone can be a part of the solution.

“We are looking for someone to represent Warren County when it comes to the opioid epidemic. We’re committed to having all counties represented,” says Kristen Zak, the Department of Health deputy director for the Opioid Response Coordination. “Out of 95 counties, we only have eight which are still needed and Warren County is one of those.”

Participants include Tennesseans who have lost loved ones to drug overdose, people thriving in recovery after overcoming addiction, and people working as treatment providers to support others in their efforts to beat substance abuse. Other participants include healthcare professionals, members of law enforcement, ministers, educators and grandparents raising grandchildren.

“Our goal for the campaign is to reduce the stigma and change beliefs and attitudes on how people see addiction. It’s a way to humanize what’s happening with the opioid crisis on a different level,” says Zak. “It was important to us to show how everyone in Tennessee has been touched by this epidemic, and how we are all in this together.” 

Zak states Tennessee is in the top 15 states for nonfatal and fatal opioid overdoses. Tennessee’s numbers are still increasing showing how the state has been highly impacted. 

“We want to help people understand how the opioid epidemic is affecting our neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers and people from every walk of life,” says Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey.

The stories are being shared online at TNFacesofOpioids.com. The website also provides information on resources available in the community to help prevent drug abuse and misuse. Individuals can share stories of how the opioid crisis has affected them at tn.gov/tnfacesofopioids/share-your-story.html.

 “Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis” is a project funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Opioid Crisis Cooperative Agreement.