Number of people receiving Narcan in Knox Co. rose from 2017

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Monday, the Knox County Health Department released its second report on naloxone deployment by first responders.

The report gathered data from Rural Metro, the Knoxville Fire Department and the Knoxville Police Department from Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2018.

“It’s crucial that we have comprehensive data and that we use it to inform how we address this devastating issue, only then can we develop a more targeted and effective response,” said KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “While the information in this report will help advance our efforts and those of our partners, it’s important to note that these findings are just the tip of the iceberg. There are likely many, many more people in our community suffering from substance use disorders.”

According to the health department, the number of people receiving naloxone rose 7.7 percent from 2017.

The report said that, on average, 114 individuals received naloxone each month, an average of four per day. White men between the ages of 25 to 39 received it most frequently.

According to the data, naloxone deployment decreased among black individuals by 10.6 percent while it rose for white individuals by 8.1 percent.

The health department gathers the data to support the Harm Reduction Coalition, which "will explore new avenues for naloxone to be provided to those with high-risk, high-need areas of the community."