State Opioid Response: Step Up to Prevent Opioid Misuse in Georgia 2020

853 Georgians died of opioid overdoses in 2019. Safe storage is a key practice to prevent accidental overdoses, thefts of prescription opioids, or misuse. Nearly 25% of Georgia teens did not see any risk in taking a prescription drug that is not theirs. 5,093 emergency room and hospitalizations were due to opioids in 2019.

In case of an overdose, call 911 and wait until first responders arrive (the Good Samaritan law offers various protections for all those who call and receive help). 

People can carry naloxone in case of an overdose. This drug is now available as a nasal spray and each applicator has 2 doses. 

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line is available 24/7 for free and confidential crisis intervention. Find local drug drop boxes to safely dispose of unused medications. Visit to learn more about how to combat the opioid epidemic in Georgia.