Heroin overdoses on the rise in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL/AP) – The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office says the number of heroin and morphine overdoes jumped from just three cases from 2011 to 2013 to nine cases in 2014.

Coroner Buddy Bryan says the two drugs are placed in the same category because heroin comes from morphine.

Sometimes morphine shows up in the toxicology reports associated with heroin addicts.

This year there have been four confirmed heroin and morphine overdoses.

According to the National Institutes of Health, heroin, which was popular in the 1970s, is making a comeback due to a national crackdown on prescription drugs.

 

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