Study: Heroin 'an emerging epidemic' in Fulton County

Heroin is an "emerging epidemic" in Fulton County, a new study said.

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Heroin is an "emerging epidemic" in Fulton County, a new study said.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office said it commissioned the comprehensive study after drastic increases in heroin-related crime and deaths.

Results of the survey were released in a meeting Friday at Lindsay Baptist Church. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard,, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Rutland, Vermont Mayor Christopher Louras were in attendance for the meeting.

According to the study, between 2010 and 2014, 154 were killed in heroin-related deaths in Fulton County.

"We started out with four deaths in 2010," said Kevin Baldwin of Applied Research Services. "In 2014, we had 77. Now, those are not huge numbers in and of themselves, but the rate of increase is remarkable."

This report states if the current rate continues, 1000 people will die from heroin by 2021.

"Heroin is cheap and readily available," Howard said. "We are speaking to you from the epicenter of the open air market place. The bluff."

The details of the study were revealed in an area historically surrounded by drug activity, but the report shows heroin use has spread to affluent suburbs like Alpharetta.

"Anytime in our county now, it looks when you get a group of people together, somebody in that room, some family in that room is going through this heroin addiction problem," Howard said.

It's so widespread every law enforcement agency in the county has joined forces along with the U.S. attorney.

Howard said the problem is more prevalent now than ever.

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