KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — For District Attorney General Charme Allen, fighting the overdose epidemic is a big priority. This year is no exception. "This year's overdose numbers are bad," General Allen said. "We just need to continue to fight the good fight ... Our main focus is to try to keep the drugs out of our community." As of Oct. 30, the Knox County District Attorney's Office had reported 297 overdoses in 2020. That's significantly more than the county had reported by the sa
In response to the devastating spike of overdose deaths in Knox County, the Drug Related Death Task Force is proactively analyzing suspected overdose deaths. Law enforcement is analyzing data in real time to pinpoint significant trends, location hotspots and supply sources in order to stem the opioid epidemic in our community.
The following data sets show the number of suspected drug overdose deaths in Knox County from information provided by the Knox County Forensic Center.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The pandemic continues to cause financial stress and anxiety, but a new study found that's affecting people of color even more. Those surveyed said they were more worried about paying a mortgage, finding a job or needing new skills to land that job. To manage stress, some are turning to CBD and local stores in East Tennessee are seeing that impact. CBD was a hit before the pandemic. Word spread fast about how it could relieve pain and stress. Putting a pand
The Metro Public Health Department announced Friday that fatal drug overdoses recorded in greater Nashville so far this year have exceeded the number recorded in all of 2019. As of Oct. 9, 2020, Davidson County had recorded 477 fatal overdoses since Jan. 1, Metro Health department data shows. Last year, officials recorded 468 fatalities from overdoses — the highest ever recorded in a year, according information from Health Department spokesman Brian Todd. The also data shows