The misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, along with the associated morbidity and mortality, has been identified as one of the most serious and costly issues facing Tennesseans today. Tennessee, located in the mid-south and bordered by 8 states, is geographically and culturally situated in the middle of the national prescription drug overdose (PDO) epidemic. In 2015, TN had the tenth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the US, most of which was due to prescription drugs. Opioid use is disproportionately high in the northeastern (Appalachian) region of the state, while heroin use is highest in the southwestern (Memphis) area, reflecting disparities for both geographic and racial/ethnic segments of the population.
This interactive tool contains state, regional, and county level data on fatal overdoses, nonfatal overdoses and drug prescribing.
Drug Overdose Reporting
The goal of Drug Overdose Reporting is to collect and use timely information to identifying high risk behavior and to provide current, accurate information to clinicians caring for patients at risk.
Fast Facts provides a quick overview of key statistics about TDMHSAS funded mental health and substance abuse services in Tennessee as well as budget and service information for the Tennessee Department of Mental health and Substance-Abuse Services.