1.23.15 News Drugs
Hannah Cather • The Daily Beacon

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Transportation structure of East Tenn. makes region drug trafficking hub

Rocky Top is higher than you may think.

East Tennessee is one of the most popular sites for drug trafficking. From manufacture to trade, an abundance of illicit substances pass through the area every year.

In 2007, more than 1,035 people died of drug use in Tennessee, exceeding the national rate of drug-related deaths according to the Tennessee Drug Control Update by the White House. Over 8 percent of Tennessee residents reported using illegal drugs in a single month.

This is hardly a new trend — there's a long history of trafficking illegal substances in the Appalachian Mountains.

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