Police charge two men with murder in fentanyl overdose deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) -Metro Police have charged two men with 2nd-degree murder in two separate fentanyl overdose deaths. According to police, 35-year-old Victor Scruggs allegedly sold a pill that killed 40-year-old William Young on Feb. 5, 2021. Police say that Young was found dead at his South Nashville residence, with his cause of death was ruled as “acute combined drug …

2 Portland Teens Die in 24 Hours From Suspected Fentanyl ODs

A Portland teenager died on Sunday and another died Monday, after both took pills laced with fentanyl, police said. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine. A small amount can be fatal. Initial investigation by Portland police showed both teens had blue pills in their possession — know as M30s — …

Possible fentanyl overdose lands 6 students on spring break in Florida hospitals

Six students on spring break overdosed on what appeared to be cocaine laced with fentanyl and were hospitalized in Fort Lauderdale Thursday, and one was in critical condition, CBS Miami reports. It happened at an Airbnb. Four went into cardiac arrest after ingesting the drug before two friends tried to help by performing CPR. That’s when they were also exposed to …

Nashville grandparents facing murder charges in baby grandson’s death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Two grandparents in East Nashville have been arrested in connection to the death of their infant grandson. Metro Nashville Police took 80-year-old Charles Allen Sr. and 58-year-old Yolanda Newsome into custody on Thursday. Police say their 20-month-old grandson, Korran Newsome, died in August from acute fentanyl intoxication. Investigators said baby Korran was in the care of his …

2 Connecticut inmates die in suspected fentanyl overdoses

Two inmates at a jail in New Haven died Thursday in a case of suspected fentanyl overdoses, prison officials said. The two inmates were found unresponsive in the same cell by a guard conducting a routine check at the New Haven Correctional Center, the state Department of Correction said in a news release. Medical staff administered an opioid antidote before …

The costly impact of drugs, fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Tennessee

Overdose deaths have nearly doubled in Tennessee in recent years, with fentanyl-related overdose deaths quadrupling. News 2 digs deeper into the impact of drugs on families and the community. See our special reports, ‘Deadly Deal’, all day Thursday in every newscast. Read the full article here.

Officials warn of fentanyl-laced pills as overdose deaths rise

JACKSON, Tenn. — One drug is taking the lives of thousands. Fentanyl, a drug 80 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, has become the root of many overdose deaths across the nation and in West Tennessee. “Fentanyl and methamphetamine both have become cheaply made and manufactured in China and Mexico, and being imported into the United …