Tennessee D.A. shares data reflecting 446% increase in fentanyl deaths since 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–A Tennessee District Attorney General is sharing information which shows the continued and dangerous growth of fentanyl in our communities.

District Attorney Brent Cooper of the 22nd Judicial District shared the staggering statistics on his Facebook page which was compiled by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and the U.S. National Institute of Health.

According to the latest data, fentanyl deaths in the state from 2017 through 2021 increased by 446%. Previous data showing 2017 through 2020 data showed that percentage was 302%. With just one year extra of reporting, the deaths increased by 144%.

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