NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Heroin use is on the rise in Tennessee. It’s hitting us hard here at home.
In 2015, more than 200 people died from heroin overdoses. That same year, 72 percent of all overdose deaths were related to opioids. With the state now cracking down on prescription opioid abuse, experts anticipate the number of heroin overdose deaths to skyrocket in the coming years.
On Thursday, we took a deeper look into how the highly addictive drug is getting into the mid-state and the dangerous effect it has.
In every newscast, News 2 shared stories about Heroin at Home–from buying it online to sharing needles and spreading diseases, from the fastest growing demographic to the war in the streets… We took a deeper look at these issues and more.
Stories featured in Heroin at Home:
- Tennessee bill would hold drug suppliers responsible in overdose deaths
- Concern spikes for rise in Tennessee HIV cases related to injection drug use
- Young Nashville heroin addict says drug took her life, dignity
- Nashville recovery center focuses on helping women in crisis
- Heroin use rising faster than any other drug in Tennessee
- Majority of heroin in Nashville comes through major interstates
- Fentanyl: Deadly on the streets but lifesaver in the operating room
- Father, son share heartbreaking story of heroin’s effect on family
- Dark web enables addicts to get their fix online
- VIDEO: News 2 hosts town hall meeting on Heroin at Home
For more on Heroin at Home, visit wkrn.com/heroin.