TN drug overdose deaths increase by more than 200% in five years, most fentanyl-related

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A private security group brought in by businesses downtown, Solaren Risk Management, are very concerned about the current fentanyl crisis.

They are not only worried about the public, but the impact on first responders.

The CEO of Solaren Risk Management, Jack Byrd, says overdose deaths have increased more than 200% in the last five years in Tennessee and he says most of these cases include fentanyl.

The Metro Nashville Public Health Department says there have been a total of 1,383 suspected overdoses since the beginning of 2023.

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