Inside Georgia's Opioid Crisis

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Although it has not yet been declared an official emergency by the federal government, the opioid epidemic continues across the country. Georgia is no exception. Health care providers, law enforcement, and government officials continue to attempt to adapt. While new laws and procedures are being introduced to help address the abuse of prescription drugs as well as heroin and other opiate-based drugs, new threats such as fetanyl continue to complicate an already complex public health calamity.

From a long-running needle exchange program in the heart of Atlanta to methadone clinics in Northwest Georgia that cater to out-of-state patients to the lobbyists working for the pharmaceutical industry inside the Capitol, in this multi-part series, GPB News goes inside Georgia's opioid crisis. 

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New Jersey police detective Eric Price came in contact with fentanyl while doing his job.

“I felt like my body was shutting down,” Price said. “People around me said that I looked really white and lost color, and it just really felt like, I thought I was dying.”