MacLeod speaks at WAKE Sparta meeting
By Delaney Austin | August 24, 2015 9:34 am
“For the past 2.5 years, I have been the DUI prosecutor in Putnam and Cumberland counties,” stated MacCleod. “When I started prosecuting DUIs, it was a lot of alcohol.”
“Next thing you know, no alcohol,” continued MacCleod. “There was a shift, it seemed, in the matrix from alcohol to drugs. Lots of oxycodone, oxycontin, xanax, morphine, suboxone, subutex, things of that nature coming up.”
“It was my job to show that they are abusing this drug,” he stated. “If you take it as prescribed, you are not impaired and that’s okay, but there is a lot of abuse.”
“The State of Tennessee, in 2014, ranked second per capita in the nation for prescription drug abuse,” he said. “We were top three—this isn’t per capita—for prescriptions written. It gives was to an epidemic of abuse to prescription medication.”
To read more about WAKE Sparta, the White County Anti-Drug Coalition, pick up today’s edition of The Expositor.