Metro Police arrest suspected drug supplier

Metro Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for supplying a significant amount of fentanyl laced drugs to people across Nashville, mainly to the homeless population in West Nashville. Police arrested 41-year-old Randall Merryman at a Super 8 motel on Charlotte Pike Wednesday.  Authorities allege Merryman was distributing roughly one pound of meth and one pound of heroin per …

TBI: Two pounds of fentanyl taken from Cordova home

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the drugs are worth about $110,000. A large amount of fentanyl was confiscated on Wednesday from a home in Cordova, leading to one arrest. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, TBI agents and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to a home on Breezy Valley Drive. There, investigators said they brought in two pounds of …

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 …