Opioid deaths in Davidson County on the rise - WSMV News 4

Opioid deaths in Davidson County on the rise

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

An average of 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose and Tennessee is one of the states hardest hit.

The number of overdose deaths in Davidson County has skyrocketed in recent years.

In 2011 there were more than 130 deaths. By 2016 that number skyrocketed to over 300.

The Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office is struggling to keep up.

They are having to expand their body coolers, a significant cost to taxpayers for a problem that only seems to be getting worse.

“This is a very, very important issue we’re dealing with,” said Davidson County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Feng Li. “We have to deal with it combined together because only one place or one individual will not be able to deal with this huge task.”

The medical examiner’s office is also having to add an eighth pathologist to keep up.

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