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The Opioid Epidemic in the Mid-South: How Bad Is It?


You often hear about Memphis’ high homicide rate, but the rate at which people are dying from overdosing on opioids is just as alarming. The opioid epidemic is grabbing headlines. From Shelby County suing pharmaceutical companies to Donald Trump declaring the problem a health emergency. So how bad is it? According to the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center in downtown Memphis, the number of people dying from opioid overdoses has skyrocketed.

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