Karl Dean on Drugs
Provide treatment for opioids while stepping up prosecution
The number of opioid-related deaths in Tennessee has skyrocketed over the last two decades. More people are now dying in Tennessee of drug overdose than motor vehicle accidents, and 72% of the state's overdose deaths are opioid-related. Karl believes
the government response to opioid use should match the level of public health crisis it has become. To that end, he supports the recent work of the state legislature's opioid task force.
Karl knows that opioid addiction is a complex issue and that
more must be done to provide treatment programs while also stepping up prosecution of drug dealers. He also agrees with the state's opioid task force that solutions must address the overuse of legal access to drugs. Tennessee has the second highest rate
of opioid prescriptions in the country with opioid prescriptions in our state outnumbering residents 4 to 1. As governor, Karl will work in partnership with the healthcare community to identify and address the root causes of the state's opioid crisis.
Source: 2018 Tennessee Gubernatorial campaign website KarlDean.com
, Mar 21, 2018
Medical marijuana ok, but opposes recreational use
Tennessee's gubernatorial election is still over a year away, but with a newly appointed committee on medical marijuana, [some analysts] expect cannabis to play a large role in the election.
Democratic candidate Karl Dean said he would be supportive of medical marijuana, but opposes recreational use. Dean also said he believes Tennessee should be guided medical professionals as it relates to medical marijuana.
Source: WBIR-TV on 2018 Tennessee governor race
, Sep 4, 2017
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