‘One pill can kill.’ Tri-Cities’ deadliest drug is threatening high schoolers now

Fentanyl continues to be the deadliest drug in the Tri-Cities. And federal, state and local law enforcement officials, school superintendents, health districts and community members are teaming up to educate the public through a series of forums, discussions and educational lessons about the dangers. “We can never get the word out far enough,” William Hyslop, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern …

Reported fatal drug overdoses so far this year in Davidson County surpass all of 2019

The Metro Public Health Department announced Friday that fatal drug overdoses recorded in greater Nashville so far this year have exceeded the number recorded in all of 2019. As of Oct. 9, 2020, Davidson County had recorded 477 fatal overdoses since Jan. 1, Metro Health department data shows. Last year, officials recorded 468 fatalities from overdoses — the highest ever recorded in a year, according information from Health …

Cape Girardeau County seeing spike in street drugs laced with Fentanyl

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (WSIL) — The state of Missouri is seeing an increase in deaths from street drugs such as cocaine being laced with Fentanyl. The Cape Girardeau County coroner suspects at least a half dozen of the cases that have come through his office in recent months involve this issue. Cape Girardeau County Coroner David Taylor said those victims …

New awareness campaign hopes to educate teens about dangers of fentanyl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — District attorneys across Tennessee are hoping to better educate the public about the dangerous effects of fentanyl through a new awareness campaign called “Fentanyl: The Deadliest High.” The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference started the effort more than a month ago as the number of deadly overdoses continues to rise. TNDAGC said while the use of fentanyl has …

Tennessee drug overdose deaths increased 15% in 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — TriStar Skyline Medical Center continues to see an abundance of patients struggling with drug addictions. “There’s been no slowdown in the number of overdoses that are coming in to see us in the ER, unfortunately,” Chief of Emergency Dr. Marshall Hall said. Dr. Hall said he wasn’t surprised by new numbers released by the Tennessee Department …

Non-Prescription Fentanyl Abuse Up During Pandemic

Abuse of non-prescription fentanyl was up during the first 2 months of the pandemic shutdown over earlier in the year and 2019, according to an analysis of Quest Diagnostics data. As presented at the virtual PAINWeek conference, the study showed that non-prescription fentanyl abuse increased by 35% across a time spanning March 15 to May 16, 2020 (P<0.01). Among males, the …

Fentanyl — cheap, easy-to-make and deadly

Its odorless, colorless, tasteless, cheap and easy to make. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, contributed to 523 deaths across Maryland in the first three months of this year. Dosed in several forms — both prescription and illicit — fentanyl has become widely used in medicine to treat pain. It also is …

New Fentanyl awareness effort to be launched by Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference

The deadly opioid is nearly 100 times more powerful than Morphine. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference (TNDAGC) announced today the launch of its newest awareness effort: “Fentanyl: The Deadliest High,” which is aimed at educating Tennesseans across the state about the extreme dangers of fentanyl, the most prevalent synthetic opioid in the United States. Monday’s announcement is step …