Brentwood Substance Use
Due to its proximity to Nashville, Brentwood is part of the Nashville metropolitan area. Addiction issues that occur in Nashville or other surrounding counties do not necessarily stay there. Many medical professionals, psychologists, and statisticians liken addiction to a disease because it truly does spread similarly.
Substance use disorders in Brentwood have increased correspondingly as Nashville continues to suffer from the opioid crisis. In 2019, Nashville exceeded the number of overdose deaths in all of 2018, by the 9-month mark in 2019. Drug overdose deaths in Brentwood follow the state trend of overdoses caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl as well as an alarming increase in methamphetamine-related deaths.
Nonfatal drug overdoses had also increased significantly in 2019 as compared to the prior year, with the YTD of non-fatal overdoses in 2019 coming in at 1,018 ED visits for the year. Heroin was the most commonly reported drug, unsurprisingly, as heroin is the drug those who were initially addicted to prescription opioids turn to when they can no longer obtain said prescription.
The danger of heroin lies not only in the usage of the illicit drug but the fact that the drug is potentially laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl has been responsible for many overdose deaths in Tennessee, and Brentwood is not exempt.