On November 10, Metropolitan Drug Commission and Board of Directors hosted the 4th Annual Legislative Luncheon. State and Local officials were in attendance for this event. Each year MDC presents different issues to these officials in hopes they will be discussed at either the federal, state or local level.

Charles Swanson presented the legislative agenda. This agenda included an array of topics including: strengthening pain management clinic regulations, Good Samaritan law, medical marijuana and E-cigarettes.

Dr. Craig Towers, Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and practices with the High Risk Obstetrical Consultants, was the keynote speaker. He shared his research and outcomes of delivering healthy babies when given the opportunity to medically wean women safely during pregnancy and reducing the incidences of NAS in babies.

Legislative LuncheonMDC had the honor of presenting the John W. Gill, Jr. Substance Abuse Prevention Advocacy Award to former District Attorney, Randy Nichols.  Nichols received this award for his tireless dedication to resolving substance abuse issues by raising awareness of the need for and supporting prevention efforts in our community.