MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Five people died in a span of 16 overdoses within 24 hours in Shelby County, according to Shelby County Health Department.
It's the highest number of overdoses in a 24-hour period to date.
SCHD reported a spike alert, which they do when they see a significantly higher number of overdoses than expected.
Most of those overdoses took place in Memphis, with some in Cordova.
As of Aug. 17, a total of 170 people have died from overdose-related deaths in Shelby County.
The most common age range for these overdose deaths are between 50 and 59 years old.