You may have seen the headline that deaths from drug overdoses in the US UU They fell in 2018, the first fall of this kind in decades. While that is the case at the national level, a look at the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that this is not the case in Tennessee.
Predicted overdose deaths increased to 1,939 in the state in 2018, 4.8% more than in 2017. That includes 1,837 confirmed deaths. The rest remains currently unconfirmed by toxicology tests.
Kentucky not only saw a decline, but a decline greater than the national numbers. Overdose deaths predicted fell 15.1% in 2018, to 1,573. (1,336 confirmed) The national rate fell 5.1%.
The CDC numbers do not reveal which drugs are responsible for the number of deaths from overdoses at the state level.
Across the country, the majority of deaths from overdoses involved opiates that included oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. But almost half involved synthetic opioids, including fentanyl and tramadol.