The Problem

Prescription Opioid Misuse Leads to Heroin Abuse

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of new heroin users report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1

In 2015 alone, Tennessee providers wrote 118.3 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, which amounted to 7.8 million prescriptions in the state. This rate was higher than the U.S. rate that same year (70 opioid prescriptions per 100 people). Between 2008 and 2016, opioid overdose deaths have increased in Tennessee each year.2

1Heroin Overdose Data. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Source URL:

2"Tennessee Opioid Summary". National Institute on Drug Abuse. Source URL:

Local Opioid Deaths

Learn more about the opioid problem both in Knoxville and across the state.

Drug-Related Overdoses

Drug overdose deaths in Knox County increased 41.7 percent between 2016 and 2017.