Methamphetamine Beats out Marijuana as Tennessee's Most-Submitted Drug at TBI
Labs in TBI saw the number of submissions for methamphetamine increase every year, ever since they started keeping detailed statistics. Now, the submissions for methamphetamine beat out the number of submissions for marijuana.
The number of submissions for methamphetamine jumped by more than 2,500 between 2018 and 2019, over the number of submissions for marijuana.
"Drug addiction continues to be a major issue in Tennessee, and I believe this sharp increase in methamphetamine has a connection to our state's ongoing opioid epidemic," David Rausch said in a press release, the TBI director. "Drug abusers often flow from depressants to stimulants and back again."
The submissions for marijuana dropped by almost 1,000 from 2018 to 2019, from 10,652 to 9,795 submissions. Yet, submissions for methamphetamine jumped to 12,072 for 2019 — around 2,300 more than marijuana.