U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

New data from around the U.S. confirms that drug overdoses are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, rising by roughly 18%. Reports collected in real time by the Washington, D.C.-based group ODMAP — the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, located at the University of Baltimore — also found a significant spike in the number of fatal overdoses. “Overdose clusters have shifted …

Drug overdoses were increasing before Covid-19. The pandemic made things worse.

America’s Covid-19 epidemic is likely making its drug overdose epidemic even worse. While there’s no good national data for the year yet, local and state jurisdictions have reported increases in overdose deaths. According to the American Medical Association, as of July 20, more than 35 states have reported increases in drug-related deaths and other concerns with drug use and mental illness. Some municipalities …

TN Senator Blackburn: Harsher Penalties for Fentanyl Trafficking

Tennessee Senator Marsha Backburn and three other legislators have introduced a new act to increase sentencing penalties for trafficking fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is fifty times deadlier than heroin. The Ending Fentanyl Crisis Act of 2019 reduces the minimum amount of fentanyl needed to convict a trafficker. “The opioid crisis kills more than 175 Americans every single day All …

Public Health Officials in Nashville Believe Overdose Spike Linked to Fentanyl

A spike in recent fatal overdoses could be tied to fentanyl-laced drugs in Davidson County, public safety officials have warned Between May 30 and June 10, the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s office has investigated at least 10 deaths believed to be fatal drug overdoses, according to Metro Public Health. Of those deaths, half have been associated with an unknown white or brown powder .  …

Fentanyl Deaths in TN Growing Rapidly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville physician, Dr. Marshall Hall, has seen first hand the disturbing drug trend in Middle Tennessee. At the front of the fight? — Fentanyl. In Tennessee, overdose deaths involving fentanyl increased 48 percent between 2017 and 2018. “We have definitely seen an increase in the number of overdose cases coming into the emergency room. Fentanyl is a …