Ga. sees uptick in heroin abuse

heroinspoonGeorgia is the latest state to see an spike in heroin abuse following the rise of prescription painkiller addiction, with heroin submissions to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab increasing by more than 300% since 2011. The current fiscal year has seen a 20% increase in heroin submissions, while all other drugs during that period have decreased by 22%, according to this article. Many users claim they started off taking prescription painkillers like OxyContin; when the drug started to have less effect, they began melting and shooting up the painkillers before eventually moving on to heroin, the article says.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, in 2012 prescription drugs played a role in 592 deaths in the 152 of 159 counties in Georgia for which it performs autopsies. Meanwhile, several major metro Atlanta counties recently reported a spike in heroin-related deaths: in DeKalb County, heroin deaths doubled, increasing from 5 to 10 between 2012 and 2013; in Gwinnett County, deaths rose from 2 in 2012 to 7 in 2013; and Cobb County saw heroin-related deaths surge from 9 in 2011 to 16 in 2012, according to this article.

Fulton County — which includes Atlanta — has seen the biggest increase in total numbers, with heroin deaths rising from 24 to 31 from 2012 to 2013; since 2011, there were 73 reported deaths caused by the drug, but the actual number of overdose deaths is likely higher because is an unknown number go unreported, the article notes.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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One Response to Ga. sees uptick in heroin abuse

  1. Everything is up up up. Still, numbers continue to go up, especially with heroin and opioid type drugs. This means increase numbers of overdoses as you have shown.

    I’m still surprised the US as a whole hasn’t started even investigating more treatments like Ibogaine or other psychedelics for curing diseases. The risk of the disease far outweighs the risk of the treatment at this point.

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