You are here

1. Scope of the Problem

Of the 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010, there were 560 deaths which involved only Rx drugs, and 68 deaths were attributed to a combination of both Rx and illicit drugs.

In 2009, 508 of the 670 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:

2008

2009

2010

Rx Only

496

508

560

Illicit Drugs only

95

86

101

Combination
Rx & Illicit

47

76

68

Total Overdose Deaths

638

670

729

For overdose drug deaths in 2010, the drugs found through toxicology tests in the highest numbers were as follows:

 

Drug

Number

Alprazolam (For anxiety, Xanax)

231

Oxycodone (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

171

Methadone (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

151

Hydrocodone (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

145

Cocaine (Stimulant, Illicit)

96

Morphine (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

87

Fentanyl (Narcotic Pain Reliever)

78

Methamphetamine (Stimulant, Illicit)

65

Diazepam (For anxiety, Valium)

55

Diphenhydramine (Antihistamine, Benadryl)

55