Knox Report Reveals Link With Overdose Deaths and Jail

Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen today released a new report on the county’s 2016 fatal overdose victims and their interaction with the criminal justice system. The report’s purpose, she says, is to try to identify points at which intervention might have prevent their deaths. Among the findings are that nearly half of the people who died of drug overdoses in Knox County last year had been arrested and/or jailed within the past five years – and most of those fatally overdosed soon after leaving jail. The News Sentinel has more.

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