Lawmakers meet to discuss substance abuse prevention

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Local and state legislators are trying to crack down on Tennessee's prescription drug epidemic.

They met Tuesday to talk about laws at the 3rd Annual Substance Abuse Prevention Legislative Luncheon.

A recent Knox County survey found nearly 16% of teens have abused a prescription medication.

"It kills more people than motor vehicle accidents. So, we hope to see prescription drug abuse going down. Enforcing the laws and developing stronger laws is a key way to do that," said Heather Sutton of the Metropolitan Drug Commission.

Sutton said it will take the community to work together to prevent substance abuse.

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