Carr said his office’s Consumer Protection Unit is participating in the probe. Opioids were involved in the deaths of 33,091 people nationwide in 2015, and overdoses from them have quadrupled since 1999, according to the Carr’s office.
Between June of last year and May of this year, the total number of legal opioid doses prescribed to Georgia patients surpassed 541 million. Georgia is home to about 10.3 million residents. Fifty-five Georgia counties now have overdose rates higher than the national average.