COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – In a follow-up to a story we first brought you a year ago, deadly overdoses from heroin in Columbus continue to be on the rise, according to local officials.
The Muscogee County Coroner released new statistics, showing the number of heroin and morphine overdoses jumped from just three cases in three years - from 2011 to 2013 - up to nine cases in 2014 alone.
Coroner Buddy Bryan says, there have been four confirmed heroin or morphine overdoses so far this year, with another six potential cases, awaiting toxicology results in Atlanta.
"There have been more cases and deaths due to designer drugs or overdosing on heroin," Sgt. Jonnie Ellerbee, with the Muscogee County Sheriff's investigations, said.
Investigators also say, heroin is the illegal drug making the biggest comeback in our area.
"Heroin, it makes its travels here from the West coast, so we can kind of slow it down along the way," Sgt. Ellerbee said.
We will have an upcoming special report about changes in illegal drugs in the Valley - and the next big thing, airing on Thursday, Nov.12 on WTVM news at 11:00 p.m.