Kicking Pill Dependence

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch’s interview was timed to promote the upcoming Law Enforcement Memorial Run. The annual event takes place on the morning of May 12 at Volunteer Landing. The turning point of the conversation came when I asked Chief Rausch about the most important issue facing the area today. Without any hesitation, he said the biggest problem is the abuse of prescription medication.

Knoxvillians are very familiar with the story of Judge Richard Baumgartner, who was hooked on pain pills while presiding over several notorious trials. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital was featured on CNN.com yesterday for their treatment of babies born with a dependence on prescription painkillers.

I very much enjoyed speaking with Chief Rausch. He rose through the ranks from officer to chief, which he stated as his goal from day one on the job. The audio of the public-affairs program is posted below.

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