Prescription drug overdoses up last year in Georgia

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations released new data saying deaths rated to prescription drug overdoses increased slightly last year.

An analysis of autopsies performed by the GBI Medical Examiner's Office in 152 counties found there was a three percent increase in overdose deaths in 2012 compared to the year before.

The study found that of the 686 drug overdose deaths, 520 involved prescription drugs only. Some of the top prescription drugs found in toxicology reports are Oxycodone, Methadone, and Morphine. All three are narcotic pain relievers.

Lisa Amodio a Physician at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital says, "take your medication as prescribed, don't share your medication, and keep them away from children."

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