1. Scope of the Problem

Of the 686 drug overdose deaths in 2012, there were 520 deaths which involved only Rx drugs, and 72 deaths were attributed to a combination of both Rx and illicit drugs.

In 2013, 461 of the 630 overdose deaths were attributed to Rx drugs only.

Statistics from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office are below. Note: These statistics do NOT include autopsies performed by medical examiners in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Henry, Hall or RockdaleCounties.

Deaths from:

2012

2013

2014

Rx Only

520

461

459

Illicit Drugs only

94

106

180

Combination
Rx & Illicit

72

63

67

Total Overdose Deaths

686

630

708

For overdose drug deaths in 2014, the drugs found through toxicology tests in the highest numbers were as follows:

 

Drug

Number

Alprazolam (For anxiety, Xanax)

148

Oxycodone (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

165

Methadone (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

116

Hydrocodone (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

110

Cocaine (Stimulant, Illicit)

81

Morphine (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

91

Fentanyl (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

98

Methamphetamine (Stimulant, Illicit)

105

Diazepam (For anxiety, Valium)

35

Diphenhydramine (Antihistamine, Benadryl)

51