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Metro Health reports spike in overdose-related ER visits

Non-fatal overdoses on the rise in Davidson County
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Posted at 6:40 AM, Mar 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-24 14:36:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Davidson County is seeing an increase in the number of overdoses, and it has the Metro Public Health Department very concerned.

Compared to this time last year, emergency departments are seeing 8% more overdose-related visits this year.

The Opioid/Overdose Response and Reduction Program at MPHD says the recent spike in visits to emergency departments for non-fatal overdoses has them worried.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says non-fatal overdoses comes with its own emotional and economic toll. Their data reveals that emergency rooms across the country have seen a rise in nonfatal overdoses during the pandemic.

Click here to read more from Tennessee's annual overdose report.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, MPHD also offers addiction screening appointments. To schedule a screening appointment, email Brigid.Vingan@Nashville.gov or call 615-795-8146. You can also contact the Tennessee Redline, which is available 24/7 for information and referrals at 1-800-889-9789.