More people are getting prescriptions for pain medication in the Volunteer State.
The state department of health released that in a report to the general assembly.
It shows pharmacists dispensed nearly 18.3 million prescriptions in Tennessee last year for controlled substances like Oxycontin and hydrocodone. That's a nearly 1.5 percent increase in painkiller prescriptions from the year before. The previous year showed a 23 percent increase.
Tennessee has one of the highest prescription drug abuse rates in the nation.