Fox 17 News Town Hall: The battle against opioids

(Fox 17 News) 

The Tennessee Department of Health said the state hit a record high in the number of overdose deaths in 2016. The opioid epidemic has been sweeping the nation, prompting President Donald Trump to proclaim the week starting on Sept. 23 as "Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week."

Watch the full town hall here:

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Nashville Police Department Captain Mike Alexander discussed how Nashville police and lawmakers are working on solutions to the state's opioid problem.

Barry said the apprach to this problem is multi-faceted and can't be solved with just police or lawmakers alone. She also shared her family's personal struggle through the life of her son.

Max Barry passed away a few months prior from an overdose. Since his death, the mayor has been vocal about the opioid problem and making sure Nashville is putting it's resources towards helping those who are struggling.

Ahead of the town hall, Fox 17 News This Morning spoke with Addiction Campuses about the problems Tennessee is facing when it comes to fighting the opioid crisis.

The round table discussion was streamed live on Facebook and on from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Fox 17 News Anchor Scott Couch was joined by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Police Captain Mike Alexander and John Mabry, the director of public outreach for Addiction Campuses. Mabry is more than a year sober from an opioid addiction.

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