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. …

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 …