Tennessee bucks national trend, sees overdose deaths rise in 2018
ATLANTA, GA (OSBORNE) -- The latest drug overdose death numbers are out and the news isn’t good for Tennessee.
The Centers for Disease Control says the number of Americans who died following an overdose fell last year for the first time in nearly two decades, dropping about 5 percent. But Tennessee’s overdose deaths continued to rise, jumping 4.8 percent in 2018.
The CDC reports 1939 Tennesseans died of overdose last year. That's by far the largest number of such deaths ever recorded in the state.
Most of Tennessee's neighboring states enjoyed marked improvement in OD deaths. In 2018, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Virgina, and Kentucky all saw the number of such deaths fall.
The CDC notes the new numbers are provisional and will likely change as the states report more complete death statistics.
You can review the CDC's preliminary report here.