The Georgia Department of Health brings us the news that opioid overdoses in Georgia have more than doubled since 2010.
Just within the past year Georgia has seen a 16 percent increase in deaths by opioid overdose. That is 2 percent more than the nationwide increase of 14 percent. We are seeing a striking rise in opioid deaths in northern Atlanta communities that were once known for quiet, affluent neighborhoods and competitive schools.
U.S. Rep. Karen Handel put it best, “No one is immune, this is not a crisis that is discriminating based on age or race or ZIP code or even income level.” The Georgia Bureau of Investigations released the list of counties in Georgia with the highest opioid use. The counties on this list were Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Chatham. Is your county on this list? Are you surprised? Metro Atlanta has been greatly affected by this epidemic and it doesn’t appear to be slowing up at this time.
What can WE do to make a difference in the opioid crisis?
- Refrain from taking medication that is #notprescribed to you
- Properly dispose of expired or unused medication at your local drug drop boxes. Interactive map – drop box locations http://stoprxabuseinga.org/prescription-drug-disposal/
- Educate yourself and others on the dangers and prevention of prescription drug misuse/abuse. Log in to notprescribed.org
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