Shelby County Health Dept. discusses recent spike in overdoses and deaths

Shelby County Health Dept. discusses recent spike in overdoses and deaths
Drug overdoses (Source: AP Images)

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Health Department is addressing a drug overdose spike during the coronavirus pandemic.

Health authorities issued an overdose spike alert between April 6 through May 7. Shelby County’s overdose rate since March 15 is more than 700 total overdoses and 102 deaths, which is much higher than the usual rate, according to SCHD.

  • 30-Day Alert for April 7 – May 7: 391 total suspected overdose events reported, 58 fatal, which is the highest count to date in a 30-day period, since record-keeping began Jan. 1, 2019.
  • 14-Day Alert for April 23 – May 7: 209 total suspected overdose events reported, 35 fatal, the highest count recorded to date in a 14-day period.
  • 7-Day Alert for April 30 – May 7: 131 total suspected overdose events reported, 20 fatal, the highest count recorded to date in a 7-day period.
  • 24-Hour Alert for May 5: 20 total reported suspected overdose events, 4 fatal.
SCHD discusses recent spike in overdoses

Shelby County Health Department discusses the recent spike in overdoses and related deaths. https://bit.ly/2WIjBt4

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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