Drug Overdose Surveillance Unit

Opioid-involved Overdose Surveillance in Georgia

Opioid-involved overdose deaths have been rapidly increasing in Georgia since 2010, driven largely by increased use and misuse of prescription opioids (e.g., Oxycodone and Hydrocodone). Beginning in 2013, illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, drove the sharp increase in opioid-involved overdose deaths (see charts below).

Data Sources

The Drug Overdose Surveillance Unit uses a variety of data sources to track both non-fatal and fatal overdoses. These sources include:

  • Emergency Department and Hospital Discharge Data
  • Syndromic Surveillance (Emergency Department admissions data)
  • Death Certificates from Vital Records
  • Enhanced death data (including toxicology and Coroner/Medical Examiner reports) using the State Overdose Drug Reporting System (SUDORS)
  • Perscription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Using these sources, the Drug Overdose Surveillance Unit monitors overdose trends in Georgia, and provides overdose data to the public and to partners working to end the opioid epidemic. This data is also used to detect and respond to rapid increases, or clusters, of overdoses, such as the Counterfeit Percocet-Related Overdose Cluster in Macon during June 2017.

Georgia Opioid Overdose Surveillance Data

Other Georgia Publications

Other Opioid and Substance Misuse Surveillance Resources

Addiction and Overdose Resources

Contact Information

Business Hours: (404)-657-2588

After Hours Public Health Emergencies:  1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584)



Page last updated 07/11/2018