Local lawmaker addresses prescription drug abuse

(CBS News)
(CBS News)

COLUMBUS, Ga. – President Obama is spotlighting opioid addiction and the problems it poses. As the number of abusers continues to rise in Georgia, Alabama, and nationwide, state lawmakers are taking a stand. According to the Center for Disease Control, the state of Alabama leads the nation in prescription painkiller abuse.

Both Georgia and Alabama are seeing what they call significant double-digit rises in overdose deaths. The president says nationwide, the number of overdose deaths has quadrupled in the past two decades. Georgia state Sen. Josh McKoon (R-GA) says drug abuse is a serious issue that millions of Georgians must face.

“Opioid abuse and heroin abuse continue to be a problem, particularly on the heroin side. We’re seeing that on the rise in our state. I think we had something on the order of 8 million opioid prescriptions in the last year alone, when you think about the fact that there are only 10 million people in the state.”

Sen. McKoon tells News 3 lawmakers are doing their part. In 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal passed the 911 Medical Amnesty law, and he promoted overdose reversal kits to help drug addicts recover.

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