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Our goal with the “Meth Mountain” series has been to better inform you of this deadly issue, what’s being done at the moment to fight it and how we as a region can move forward on addressing the problem.


The National Institutes on Health report that nearly 50,000 people died from an opioid-involved overdose in 2019, and one study found that bystanders were present in more than one in three overdoses involving opioids.


On a local level, law enforcement agencies in Sullivan and Hawkins counties and in Kingsport have all reported an increase in illegal drug crimes in recent years, especially over the past 18 months as the country was battling the COVID-19 pandemic.