• GBI: Xanax leading cause of overdose deaths in Georgia - Local police have seen increase in prescription meds abuse
By Linda Green

The prescription drug Xanax was the number one drug in overdose cases in 2011, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation analysis.
Xanax, with 230 overdose deaths last year in Georgia, followed by 158 deaths from oxycodone are at the head of the GBI’s top 10 list for drug deaths. The rankings are based on toxicology reports during autopsies.
While the two drugs are at the top of the list, the GBI said that an analysis of autopsies performed by its medical examiner’s office in 152 of the state’s 159 counties, indicate a 8.6 percent decrease in the number of prescription drug overdose deaths in 2011 compared to 2010.
According to a GBI news release, there were 664 overdose drug deaths in 2011, and of that total, 512 deaths resulted from prescription drugs.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Aug. 22, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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