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The state of Tennessee is the 17th largest state in the United States in terms of population. It lies in the southwestern region of the nation and has an area of 42169 square kilometers.

The capital city of the state is Nashville, which is the second largest city in the state. The state is also fondly known as ‘The Volunteer State’. It was admitted into the American Union in the year 1796 and was the 16th state to be admitted. Tourism, manufacturing and agriculture are the main industries in the state, which is also well known for its bio diversity. It shares it borders with eight other states and is a landlocked state.

Tennessee is also well known for its rock ‘n roll and country musicians.

Drugs are shipped in and out of the state, as the state highways and the interstates run through the state. Tennessee is surrounded by eight neighboring states, which is a major factor when it comes to substance availability and substance abuse in Tennessee. There is a lot of transshipment that is done through the many highways that crisscross the state.

The neighboring states also affect the drug situations in Tennessee, as the borders mesh with each other. Mexican DTOs are the main suppliers of drugs in the state. The drugs in supply from these organizations are heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and marijuana.

Imported and homegrown marijuana is the most easily available illicit substance in Tennessee. The abuse of marijuana is one of the major problems that the state faces. The users of marijuana span across all ages and are present in almost all regions. There are many people who prefer using only marijuana, and even though the substance as such has no major addictive tendencies, it still has a vast psychological effect on the abuser.

Cocaine is a drug that has also been abused throughout the state of Tennessee. Large shipments of cocaine have been seized in the state, which was meant not only for use but also for shipment to various other states. Crack is more popular in Tennessee as compared to the powdered HCL.

Mexican drug trafficking organizations have given a lot of preference to Tennessee. There are also many efforts from state and national enforcement agencies to crack down on the supply of cocaine in the state. These efforts are well received and they have paid off to a large extent, as the supply of cocaine has been cut down. This, however, has not deterred drug organizations and has instead lead to an increase in cocaine prices. Even statistics indicate that there has been an increase in seizures in the state.

Substance abuse in Tennessee is composed of a large fraction of users of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Methamphetamines are among the most dangerous threats that have been identified by the state and national enforcement agencies. The increase in supply of meth has led to a rise in issues related to drug addiction in Tennessee. Meth labs are spread all across the state but have primarily been cornered around the eastern part of Tennessee. The main suppliers of meth are again the Mexican DTOs, who have used a variety of means and methods to smuggle drugs across the borders and within the state.

Heroin is very well known all across the world as one of the most dangerous drugs, but heroin trafficking in the state of Tennessee has been kept well in check for a long time now. The demand has been stable for a long time, as the growth rates for new users have been controlled somewhat by enforcement agencies.

There have been instances when Southwest Asian heroin originating from Afghanistan has also been found in the state. Most of the heroin otherwise comes from Mexico, Texas, Georgia and New York. Heroin of various qualities are available throughout Tennessee, as various types of heroin are smuggled in from all corners of the world.

Substance abuse in Tennessee is also fuelled by large amounts of party and club drugs. These drugs are especially popular with people below the age of 30 and more so with college students. LSD and GHB are some of the most popular club drugs found in Tennessee. The main supply regions of the drug are centered in cities such as Knoxville and Nashville. Even MDMA, which is otherwise known as ecstasy, has been a major part of substance abuse in Tennessee. These drugs are popular at parties and raves in major cities.

Alcoholism and drug abuse in Tennessee has been a major problem throughout the state. The problems related to alcoholism are also similar to drug addiction in Tennessee to a large extent. Drugs and alcohol have been linked to higher crime rates as well. Violent crime has also been linked to drugs to a large extent, and more than 60% of all violent crime incarcerations are related to some form of drug or alcohol abuse. There are many other forms of crime that are instigated by the use of recreational and prescription drugs.

Alcoholism and drug abuse in Tennessee has been fought on all fronts by central, federal, and state governments. There have been major efforts to control the supplies of cocaine and heroin. The rising problem of meth has caused a stir in society as well.

There are many programs and drives that have been started in all major college and school organizations to educate kids on the issues related to substance abuse in Tennessee. The state has also tried to generate a lot of support for addicts as such by giving them proper care and treatment. Drug admissions are also treated well in the state, as there are many centers that deal with not just the physical and mental aspects of drug addiction, but also the social and economic aspects.

There are also some areas where Tennessee  has tried to launch cooperative programs for the control of drugs.  

The city of Oak Ridge falls in the two counties of Anderson and Roane in the state of Tennessee. The population of the city is around 27677 people and it is a part of metropolitan areas in both counties separately. The city is also fondly known as the Atomic City and the City behind the Fence. ...

The city of Franklin is the seat of Williamson County in the state of Tennessee. The city was born in the year 1768 and has a history of being a small town that has only now progressed into a city. The city is famous for many festivals that it holds every year. The population of the city today ...

The city of Brentwood falls in Williamson County in the state of Tennessee. The city has a population of 36176 people, which is a substantial increase in its population. The city is also well known as a planned city that has many parks and gardens. The city has a large number of parks that have ...

Maryville is a city in Blount County in the state of Tennessee. It is the county seat and has a population of 27156 people. The city was incorporated in the year 1795 and has since witnessed a lot of history. The city is well known for its streets like Broadway, Montvale Road and Washington ...

The city of Kingsport falls in the two counties of Sullivan and Hawkins in the state of Tennessee. The city has a population of 44473 people and it is safe to say that a large part of the city is in Sullivan County. The city was named Kings Port and today is part of the famed mountain empire that ...

Gallatin is the county seat of Summer County in the state of Tennessee. The city has a population of 29343 people. It was established in the year 1802 and was named after Albert Gallatin who was the Secretary of the US Treasury. The city is also home to many large companies and boasts of the ...

The city of Bartlett falls in the Memphis metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee and has a population of 47501 people. It is a part of Shelby County and was founded at around 1830. The incorporation of the city was a little late as compared to its formation. The city has grown with the times ...

The city of Germantown falls in Shelby County in the state of Tennessee and has a population of around 37251 people. The city was founded in the year 1825 and was incorporated in the 1841. The citys economy is completely reliant on retail and commercial services and it has very little industry in ...

The city Cleveland has a population of around 39753 people and it falls in the Bradley County in Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Bradley County and is part of the Cleveland Tennessee metropolitan area. The city is home to a large number of industries and also has an educational center ...

Morristown is the county seat of Hamblen County in the state of Tennessee. The city has a population of 27636 people and is also the main city in the Morristown Tennessee metropolitan statistical area. The city gets the name Morristown from one of the earliest settlements of farmers who had ...

The city of Spring Hill falls in the two counties of Maury and Williamson in the state of Tennessee. The city has a population of 26230 people which has grown from a modest 7000 strong in the last 10 years. The city was founded in the year 1808 and of late has been developing at a very fast pace. ...

The city of Jackson Tennessee falls in Madison County in the state of Tennessee and has a population of around 63158 people. It is the county seat of Madison County and has a modest area of around 50 square miles. The city was founded in 1821 but was named Jackson in 1822 in honor of Andrew ...

Knoxville is the largest city in the eastern part of the state of Tennessee and has a population of 184802 people approximately. The city is the third largest in the state and is also the county seat of the Knox County. The city is among the oldest in the state of Tennessee and was named in the ...

The city of Cookeville falls in Putnam County in the state of Tennessee. The city is also the county seat of the Putnam County and has a population of 29234 people. The city functions as an important hub of economic activity in the region and despite its diminutive size has its share of ...

Known as the mule capital of the world, the city of Columbia falls in Maury County. The city has a population of 34402 people and is also the county seat of the Maury County. The city has claimed the title of the mule capital of the world and also has a mule day celebration here every April. The ...

The city of Mount Juliet falls in Wilson County in the state of Tennessee. The population of the city stands at 21718 people. It is a popular suburban area of Nashville and is about 25 kilometers from the city. The city was incorporated fairly recently, as compared to other cities in the year ...

Fondly known as the Scenic city, Chattanooga is the county seat of Hamilton County and has a population 170880 people. The city has several scenic attractions to boast of as it lies very close to the Appalachian Mountains. The city is well known for the affordable rates of living and has received ...

The city of Lebanon is also known as Cedar city falls in the state of Tennessee and has a population of 24648 people. The city falls in Wilson County and is also the county seat there. The city lies just eastward of Nashville and interstate 40 connects the city to Nashville. The city was somewhat ...

The city of Murfreesboro falls in Rutherford County in the state of Tennessee and is also the county seat of the county. The city has a population of approximately 101753 people. The city has seen a large growth in population as earlier it was a suburb of Nashville but today the city is a fast ...

The city of Memphis is the largest in the state of Tennessee with a population of approximately 669651 people. It is a new city that has grown into the largest center for a lot of activity in the state. It is located in the southwestern corner of the state and has shown immense growth in the last ...

Johnson City falls uniquely in the Washington, Carter and Sullivan counties in the state of Tennessee and has a population of 61990 people. The city is eighth largest in the state and is well known for being a good place to live in. It was ranked very high on many lists that came out, as an ...

The city of La Vergne falls in Rutherford County in Tennessee. The city has a population of 30034 people and has seen an increase in its population by a large percentage in recent times. It is part of the Nashville metropolitan statistical area and it has an area of about 25 square miles. The ...

Hendersonville is a city in Summer County in the state of Tennessee. It stands on the banks of Old Hickory Lake and has a population of 47725 people. The city falls in the Nashville Metropolitan area and was founded in the year 1784. The city is known for being a very good place to live and ...

The city of Bristol falls in Sullivan County in the state of Tennessee. The population of the city is around 25817 people. The city lies between the borders of Tennessee and Virginia. The city is well known for producing some of the first commercial recordings for country music. It is also well ...

Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County in the state of Tennessee. It is the fifth largest city in the state and has a population of 119735 people. The city saw its beginnings in 1785 and has had its share of history. The name of the city in itself comes from a Revolutionary War heros ...


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