According to a report from the Knox County Forensic Center, drug-related deaths have doubled from 2011 to 2015. Prescription Drugs, with Oxycodone leading the way, account for approximately 75 percent of all drug related deaths since 2011. Drug related cases per 100,000 people in Knox and Anderson Counties is higher than both the National and Tennessee rates. When comparing zip codes of those who died from drug-related deaths each year from 2010 to 2016, five (5) zip codes have repeatedly made the top 10. Those zip codes are 37918, 37920, 37917, 37912, and 37849.
The Metro Says Coalition reports the 2016 overdose rate appears to be on the rise. There have been 130 drug related deaths in the first six months. The most common drug is still Oxycodone. However, they have seen several deaths with Oxycodone and Xanax combined. The most common age for drug-related deaths is 45-54. "This isn't just a young adult problem. We're losing parents and grandparents," said Karen Pershing, Executive Director of the Metro Drug Coalition.
According to Medical Examiner Dr. Mileusnic-Polchan, East Tennessee has a big problem with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), when babies are born addicted to drugs.
Source - WATE.com