Sharp jump in drug overdose deaths worsen 2020 health crisis in Tennessee
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- COVID-19 won’t be the only significant cause of death reported in Tennessee during 2020.
The Centers for Disease Control is predicting the state could see the number of drug overdoses fatalities jump by more than 40 percent when last year's final death toll is released.
Using preliminary data, the CDC estimates drug overdoses in Tennessee could climb above 3,000 fatalities for the first time. Compare that to 2019 when roughly 2100 overdose related deaths were reported.
Wallethub.com is out with a new study ranking Tennessee as having the 8th worst drug use problem in the nation.