Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Shelly Gupton trains a group to use the opioid antagonist Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. (Photo: Kelly Fisher, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee)

Dr. Stephen Loyd ran late to the Community in Crisis Town Hall Meeting at Westmoreland Middle School May 22. That afternoon, he used an opioid antagonist to revive an individual who had overdosed in front of him.

Loyd, Medical Director at JourneyPure, a drug addiction treatment center, said the 23-year-old arrived at the facility as part of the admissions process. “They overdosed right in front of us.”

Administration of Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, “saved their life.”

At least 1,631 Tennesseans died of drug overdoses in 2016, many of which were from opioids. That’s a 12 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.