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Opioid addiction numbers raise concerns

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Statistics on the number of opioid and heroin overdoses in this country recently, and they are staggering.

The Surgeon General's report revealed that every 19 minutes, we lose a life to an opioid or heroin overdose in America.

The report claimed alcohol and drugs misuse, and addiction, are having a greater economic impact than diabetes, costing $442 billion each year.

It has folks at the pharmacy checking prescriptions twice. At the U-Save-It pharmacy Dr. Ed Dozier says if he comes across a red flag, there is a website here in Georgia where he can see patients' drug use patterns.

"It is helpful. We can monitor a patient's drug use on that, and see what doctors and pharmacies they are going to, and see what controlled drugs they've had," said Pharmacist  Ed Dozier.    

Dozier says he typically knows his patients and doctors, but he has had to use the site to check a patient's history in the past.

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