Georgia's Opioid Epidemic and CDC Statistics

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia. Based in Gwinnett County, he handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. Call him for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585.

The CDC reports that in 2014 accidents, or unintentional injuries, were the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. And in those statistics we can see a developing trend in accidental deaths:  unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of accidental death, with motor vehicle accidents being the second leading cause. From 2002 to 2010, the statistics show that unintentional motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. However, in 2011, poisoning took the top spot and has since remained the leading cause of accidental death. As the CDC further explains, many of the poisoning deaths in the United States appear to be drug-related, both from illicit drug use and from prescription drug use. 

As someone who spent the first nine and a half years of my legal career as a prosecutor in Gwinnett County, Georgia, I have seen first-hand the experiences of people dealing with the opioid epidemic in this country. Drug treatment courts are a start to addressing the problem in the court system. It is not uncommon to see heroin addicts who got their start with a lawful prescription for opioid painkillers. Some drug companies, physicians, pharmacists, and others in the medical industry are to blame for the over-prescription of these drugs and the misuse of these drugs and may be able to be held civilly liable. If you or a loved one have been harmed or killed by potential negligence in the prescription of drugs in Georgia, contact attorney Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.

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