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2 reports highlight drug problems in Tennessee

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Two new reports shed light on the drug problems plaguing Tennessee, ranking the state as the 8th highest for drug overdose deaths and noting a rise in drug-dependent babies.

According to Trust for America's Health, a non-profit organization aimed toward disease prevention and health protection, the number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee is 16.9 per 100,000 people.

The rate has more than doubled since 1999 when it was 6.1 per 100,000 people.

The report, however, also found that Tennessee received seven out of 10 indicators of promising strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse.

Nationally, 28 states, the majority, scored a six or less.

To read the full report, visit HealthAmericans.org.

The Tennessee Department of Health also released a report Monday saying in nine months this year, more babies have been born dependent on drugs than all of 2011 combined.

By the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent, compared to 629 for all of 2011, the report stated.

Over 33% of the mothers who birthed drug-dependent newborns obtained substances through illegal sources.

Around 42% only used substances prescribed for legitimate treatment.

The full released can be found at News.TN.gov.

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