The figures are in from the Knox County District Attorney’s office. The total number of suspected opioid deaths in 2018 is down, but ever so slightly.
In 2018, the District Attorney’s office recorded 290 deaths. That’s down from their previous year’s number of 293.
January and May saw the most deaths last year at 31 deaths, with March and November seeing the lowest at 19 each.
“It’s surprising that that’s less. We would have expected it to be at least the same if not more based on the number of calls and overdoses that we actually see,” said Jeff Bagwell, Rural Metro Fire’s spokesperson.
Responding to overdose calls in Knox County is part of Rural Metro Fire’s job.
Bagwell acknowledges three less deaths is a plus, but is still pushing to get the use of opioids down.
“I think it is a step in the right direction, but we need to take further steps to try to eliminate the overdose numbers, whether they be accidental or intentional, and the ease of which folks are getting those narcotics, those opioids,” he said.
Rural Metro urges anyone, if you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, it’s so important that you get help.
We’ve got a list of resources here.