UTHSC Symposium on Drug Addiction and Abuse Encourages University and Community Collaboration

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Memphis community advocates and faculty from UTHSC came together at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for a symposium to discuss drug abuse and addiction in Tennessee and its negative impact on overall health outcomes.

The Symposium on Drug Abuse and Addiction, the first in what is hoped will be a series of symposiums and meetings on the topic, was sponsored by the College of Medicine. It featured research being conducted at UTHSC with grant support from the National Institutes of Health, along with community advocates in Memphis.

As reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, longevity in the United States decreased for the 25-60 age range between 2010-2017 due to the increasing numbers of deaths from drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and suicide.

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