Opioid overdose deaths jump in 2020

Advocates and healthcare workers point to isolation as a result of COVID and increase of fentanyl Overdose deaths in Tennessee jumped nearly 50% in 2020 according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Health. Close to 80% of overdose deaths were caused by synthetic and prescription opioids. Tennesseans living with addiction point to two major factors in the spike in overdose …

Detroit man busted in Middle Tennessee with Fentanyl pills in a Baby Yoda toy

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said 34-year-old Zave Garry of Detroit was arrested August 27, 2021. A Michigan man is charged in Middle Tennessee after investigators said he was trying to sell Fentanyl pills that were hidden in a Baby Yoda Star Wars toy. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said 34-year-old Zave Garry of Detroit was arrested August 27, 2021. …

CBD in Memphis Seizes 2.85 Kilos of Fentanyl in Cute Little Wooden Display Boxes in Transit from Michoacan, Mexico to Houston, Texas

Potential to overdose or kill 1.425 million people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at an express consignment hub in Memphis, Tennessee examined a package described in the paperwork by the shipper as “wood crafts art and technique of making.” The shipment was sent from Michoacan, Mexico, to a residence in southeast Houston, Texas. …

Metro Public Health Department sees spike in fatal drug overdoses in 2021

Department urges public to check on loved ones The Metro Public Health Department wants you to check in on your loved ones. They’ve seen a significant increase in drug overdoses in the Donelson area over the last several days. The Metro Health alerted the public of the spike through their SPIKE Auto Text Program. Davidson County residents can sign up for …

Tennessee nonprofit & MTSU receive $1 million grant to expand opioid & substance abuse programs

A nonprofit aimed to prevent and reduce drug misuse and addiction in Wilson County will now be getting financial assistance to expand their programs. The grant recipient is the Center for Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Middle Tennessee University and DrugFree WilCo is the non-profit partner in the grant. CHHS has received funding for this partnership from the Health Resources and …

Drug-Free Tennessee to Hold Event for International Overdose Awareness Day

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in Tennessee, drug overdose deaths involving opioids totaled 1,307 in 2018 (a rate of 19.9). Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (mainly fentanyl and fentanyl analogs) increased from 590 (a rate of 9.3) in 2017 to 827 (a rate of 12.8) in 2018. Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) has long warned youth and …

PPD: Tennessee man charged with trafficking in meth, fentanyl, cocaine

A Tennessee man was arrested on several charges in the early morning hours of Aug. 26 after a Pikeville Police officer on routine patrol noted suspicious activity at the soccer field off Billips Drive. According to court documents, while conducting routine patrol, Officer Colby Hobson noted two vehicles parked together in the soccer field parking lot. Hobson wrote that he …

Bristol man charged with second-degree murder in fentanyl overdose

An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Related Death Task Force and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the indictment of a Bristol, Virginia, man on a murder charge in connection with an overdose death. According to a news release from TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart, TBI special agents and SCSO detectives last year began investigating the …

Teen charged for woman’s drug death

A teenager is being charged with second-degree murder for his role in an overdose death that occurred in February. Kaity Spaeth, 29, died Feb. 19. Justice Isaiah Anderson, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly providing the drugs which caused her death. Handling the investigation was McMinnville Police detective Sgt. Stuart Whitman, who says Spaeth died after ingesting …

50+ Pounds of White Powder, Presumed to be Fentanyl, Seized from Truck

More drugs are off the streets of Middle Tennessee, thanks to a recent traffic stop in Music City.   The traffic stop of a tractor-trailer on I-40 in West Nashville on Thursday (08/12/21) led to the seizure of more than 50 pounds of white powder, presumed to be fentanyl, in two bags found in the sleeper area of the big rig. …