Tennessee is in the midst of a serious substance abuse epidemic that has led to devastating outcomes to families, communities, and our great state. In Tennessee, more people than ever are dependent on or addicted to drugs. Governor Haslam and the General Assembly should be commended for their efforts to address the issue of prescription drug abuse with the passage of various legislative acts including the Prescription Safety Act of 2012 and the endorsement of “Prescription For Success“-- a strategic initiative developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and other state departments which outlines statewide strategies to address Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. Both of these efforts are a fantastic first step, but they are not enough. A comprehensive approach that includes funding for addiction prevention and treatment must be a part of the solution to solving the drug abuse epidemic.