Overdose awareness day event set for Aug. 30 in Madisonville

The Monroe County Prevention and Wellness Coalition is set to host the International Overdose Awareness Day event at the Monroe County Rescue Squad later this month. The keynote speaker for the event will be Thomas Farmer, who is the state director of the Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force. Gabbie McConkey, the project director for the Monroe County Prevention and Wellness …

Experts gather in Portland to discuss local opioid crisis

Area experts gathered in Portland for a panel discussion on the local opioid crisis Thursday. Members of the community were told about the problems frontline workers face and solutions and resources available to the public. The panel was comprised of 10 people, many of whom were involved in local government and local law enforcement from Robertson and Sumner Counties. Portland Mayor Mike …

Pair arrested for child neglect after fentanyl, other drugs found in Clarksville home

Two people have been arrested for child neglect after drugs and drug paraphernalia were found inside their Clarksville home. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on Friday said Joshua Herdman, 22, and Logan Evitts, 19, have been taken into custody. Inside their residence, agents found 53.4 grams of methamphetamine, 9.4 grams of fentanyl, 4.6 grams of marijuana, 83 gabapentin pills, a …

Beneath COVID-19, Tennessee suffered the worst year for drug deaths ever

As the coronavirus pandemic dominated government priorities and the public consciousness, Tennessee quietly recorded more than 3,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2020 – the deadliest year ever. Fatal overdoses, most of which involved fentanyl or similar synthetic opioids, rose more than 44% in 2020, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths spiked nationwide but grew more …