Tennessee sets record for number of overdoses in 2015

Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The state of Tennessee saw a record number of people who died from overdoses in 2015.

According to the Department of Health, 1,451 people died last year, which is the highest number of overdose deaths recorded in state history, and up from more than 1,200 deaths in 2014.

“Our state is struggling with overdose deaths, and we realize the urgency of working even closer with our colleagues on education and treatment in an effort to stop this epidemic. I urge our citizens to be careful and mindful about the risks associated with these dangerous drugs,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey.

In Davidson County 157 people died from overdoses, while 56 died in Rutherford County, 37 in Wilson County and 25 in Rutherford County.

“Overdose deaths are a frightening reality and this is why we urge you or anyone you know suffering with a substance use disorder to seek help immediately by calling the Tennessee REDLINE (1-800-889-9789),” said Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Marie Williams.

Over the last five years, more than 6,000 people have died from overdoses in Tennessee.

For information on treatment services, click here, or call 1-800-889-9789.