Nashville opioid deaths reach another all-time record high, and it's only October
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Nashville’s battle with opioid addiction may have been pushed off the front page by the pandemic, but it hasn’t gone away.
In fact, it’s gotten worse.
The Metro Department of Health says that by the end of September the number of overdose deaths reported citywide had already surpassed the number of overdose fatalities in all of 2019.
Some 468 fatal overdoses were recorded in Nashville last year. With three months remaining, a total of 471 deaths have occurred so far this year.
Experts say the pandemic is adding to the stress addiction sufferers feel, while also isolating them from support and treatment.