A report by the Center of Disease Control shows just how widespread the country’s heroin epidemic has become—especially in Georgia.
The Peach State has seen a significant increase in heroin overdoses between 2014 and 2015. The CDC report states that this is part of a nationwide spike with the opioid epidemic.
In 2015, Georgia had 222 heroin overdose deaths. In 2014, that number was 153.
More than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses nationwide last year.
Most of the overdoses included prescription and illicit opioids, like heroin.
According to the CDC, more than 300,000 people have lost their lives to opioid deaths since 2000. The data suggests the increase is mainly due to illicit opioids like heroin and illegally manufactured synthetic opioid.
The new data indicates that synthetic opioid overdoses increased by 72 percent.
The new data, the CDC said, calls for a need to address this issue from a public health and law enforcement standpoint to help prevent overdose deaths.