Tennessee Medical Association announces Chattanooga Pediatrician as president
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – There’s a new president of the Tennessee Medical Association, and it’s a Chattanooga pediatrician.
Dr. Nita Shumaker is only the second woman to hold that position. She says Tennessee has a major problem with opioids.
Last year 60 people died in the United States, every day from the drugs. 1,451 deaths were in this state.
Dr. Shumaker says opioids were originally thought to be non-addictive…to help with pain relief. Since then, she says, the medical field has come to realize just how serious their use can be.
Dr. Shumaker will serve a one year term as state president.