State an­nounces in­ves­ti­ga­tion to ad­dress on­go­ing opi­oid cri­sis

More than 541 mil­lion opi­oids pre­scribed to Ge­or­gians over last 11 months

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At­tor­ney Gen­eral Chris Carr an­nounced on June 15 that the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of Ge­or­gia’s Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Unit is work­ing with a bi­par­ti­san coali­tion of at­tor­neys gen­eral from across the coun­try, in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether man­u­fac­tur­ers have en­gaged in un­law­ful prac­tices in the mar­ket­ing and sale of opi­oids.

“Amer­ica’s big­gest drug prob­lem isn’t only on our streets, it is also in our medicine cab­i­nets,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Carr said. “From June of 2016 to May of 2017, the to­tal num­ber of le­gal opi­oid doses pre­scribed to Ge­or­gia pa­tients sur­passed 541 mil­lion, and we are los­ing far too many cit­i­zens as a re­sult of drug over­doses. I am pledg­ing to the res­i­dents of Ge­or­gia that our of­fice is pre­pared to take every step nec­es­sary to help com­bat this epi­demic, and we will con­tinue to find ways to work with our fed­eral, state and lo­cal part­ners to seek jus­tice on be­half of the peo­ple of Ge­or­gia.”

Na­tion­wide and in Ge­or­gia opi­oids—pre­scrip­tion and il­licit— are the main driver of drug over­dose deaths. Opi­oids were in­volved in 33,091 deaths na­tion­wide in 2015, and opi­oid over­doses have quadru­pled since 1999. Cur­rently, 55 Ge­or­gia coun­ties have over­dose rates higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

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