According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2016 there were more than 63,600 drug overdose dose deaths in the United States. More than half of these deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioids.
In Georgia there were 918 opioid- related deaths in 2016 that averaged a rate of 8.8 deaths per 100,000 persons according to drugabuse.gov. According to the Opioid & Health Indicators Database, out of 159 counties in Georgia, Liberty County ranked 49 on the percent of people over the age of 12 who reported drug dependency in 2014.
“It’s the worst drug crises we have ever had in the United States,” said Attorney Mark Tate, who is representing Chatham County in its lawsuit.
Tate states that due to opiate companies expanding to create greater revenue, our cities, counties and other third parties have suffered great expense due to the increase in law enforcement costs, increase in costs for treating addiction, increased court costs, and increased jail costs.
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