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Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

Johnny Isakson, a Republican, is Geor...

POSTED: December 11, 2017 9:35 a.m.

Time to stop opioid abuse, harm

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Georgia, unfortunately, is no stranger to the malicious effects of the epidemic. In Georgia alone, from June 2016 to May 2017, the total number of opioid doses prescribed to patients surpassed 541 million. To put that in perspective, that is approximately 54 doses for every man, woman and child in our state. Sadly, 982 Georgians lost their lives due to opioid-related overdoses in 2016, making opioids responsible for approximately 69 percent of drug overdose deaths in Georgia. The consequences of opioid abuse and over-prescription are devastating every community, every age group, every demographic and countless families in our state.

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