- Advertisement -
Home News Region/State More Tennesseans than ever died of drug overdoses in the past year

More Tennesseans than ever died of drug overdoses in the past year

Tennessee marked International Overdose Awareness Day on Monday by pointing out that more people than ever died from a drug overdose in the past year.

According to preliminary numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,000 Tennesseans died from a drug overdose in 2020.  In 2019, the number was more than 2,000.  In state fiscal year 2021 which ended on June 30th, the state’s Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists (ROPS) distributed more than 71,000 naloxone kits and recorded more than 11,000 opioid overdose reversals.  Since the program began in late 2017, the ROPS have documented more than 26,000 lives saved through overdose reversal.

The COVID-19 pandemic produced a multitude of conditions which fueled the increase in overdose deaths: disconnection from recovery resources, job loss and economic uncertainty, increased stress and anxiety, and more.  Behavioral health treatment and prevention experts are still seeing the effects of increased use of substances during the pandemic.

“We are so grateful to the amazing men and women who work at all levels of the behavioral health care system.  We are especially thankful for of the people who have survived an overdose, made it through treatment, achieved recovery, and now use their past as purpose for the life-changing and life-saving work they do today,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams, LCSW.  “We know without their efforts, so many more families would feel the pain and loss of overdose.”

- Advertisement -

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Health, and community groups across the state are holding memorials, trainings, and awareness events to remember the lives lost, celebrate the survivors of overdose, and empower Tennesseans to prevent deadly overdoses in their communities.

Independent Herald
Contact the Independent Herald at newsroom@ihoneida.com. Follow us on Twitter, @indherald.
- Advertisement -

Join our mailing list

We will not sell or spam your email address.

- Advertisement -

Stay Connected

10,239FansLike
1,280FollowersFollow
1,692FollowersFollow

The Latest

Soccer: Oneida claims region title with win over Cumberland Gap

A thick fog settled across Jane Terry Hoffman Field Thursday evening, and from it emerged Kamryn Kennedy with what might have been the best...

Pedestrian struck and killed while walking on U.S. 27 in Oneida

A Georgia woman was struck and killed while walking on Alberta Street in north Oneida Monday evening, Oct. 18. According to a report filed by...

Tennier Industries begins mass layoff

HUNTSVILLE — One of Scott County’s largest employers is in the midst of a mass layoff. Tennier Industries, the community’s top textiles manufacturer, began informing...

These are the roads the Scott County Road Department plans to pave

HUNTSVILLE — Scott County Road Superintendent Kelvin King on Wednesday provided to the Independent Herald a list of roads that he proposes to pave...
- Advertisement -

Related Stories

Knoxville hospitals team up to urge covid vaccinations

KNOXVILLE — Several Knoxville-area hospitals issued a joint statement on Wednesday encouraging East Tennesseans to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Together, the medical centers urged vaccination...

Pickett State Park awarded for facilities management

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has named Pickett CCC Memorial State Park in Jamestown its top park in the state for...

UT Medical Center plans stand-alone emergency department in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — The University of Tennessee Medical Center will soon open a stand-alone emergency department here. UTMC announced late Wednesday that it has received a...

Former Fentress finance official sentenced to 12 years in prison

JAMESTOWN — Former Fentress County Deputy Finance Director Kellye Rhea Crabtree was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday. Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton...

Governor signs executive order trumping schools’ mask mandates

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee today rebuffed Republicans' calls for him to convene the state legislature in special session in order for bills...
- Advertisement -