Dear Governor Haslam:
This is my second 15th letter to you. I know Tuesday you are planning to unveil your program to combat drug abuse in Tennessee and that is what made me think about it.
A couple of years ago I got a phone call at the hospital I worked at then. A young man talked about his addiction to prescription drugs. 3 friends had died from overdoses. He had come close. He wanted to go to a detox unit… He was afraid he was going to die.
He didnt have any insurance. I told him the waiting period for a bed could be 6-8 monthes with no insurance. He was quiet for a moment. Then he started to cry. He told me he wanted to live and didnt know how to make it now.
Abruptly he hung up. He wouldnt answer my calls back.
I dont know if he lived or not. I dont know.
There is no drug abuse treatment without access to services. Please expand TennCare. We all deserve a break. It is one of the most important things you could do to fight drug abuse in Tennessee.