New public awareness campaign features Tennesseans across state impacted by opioid crisis

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 20:37:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Department of Health launched a new public awareness campaign that aims to put a face to the opioid crisis.

The "Tennessee Faces of the Opioid Crisis" features people who have been touched by the opioid addiction in some way. Not just addicts and recovering addicts, but caregivers, family members, health professionals and first responders.

Campaign participants who represented several counties across the state attended the project's launch event on July 16 at the Tennessee State Museum. The project features Tennesseans from every county that will be featured on poster sharing their story.

Experts say it's important to remember that anyone can become addicted.

"Our goal is to demonstrate the opioid epidemic is having an impact on people in every community and county in our state - our neighbors, friends, coworkers - and that together we can overcome this crisis," said TDH Commissioner Lisa Piercey. "We are so grateful to those sharing their stories as a way to give hope to others who may be struggling with substance abuse and connect people with resources in their communities."

The campaign also aims to share resources and information on how everyone can be a part of the solution. For information on how to help, visit