Atlanta’s local NBC affiliate, 11Alive, has produced an in-depth series about the heroin problem facing the northern suburbs. It is called the Heroin Triangle, and it includes four video segments and detailed narrative about the very real problem here in the South. You can view them all below.
Researchers found that, like other areas around the country, the number of deaths attributed to heroin and other opioids has skyrocket in the north Atlanta suburbs. In fact, these drugs killed more people in counties inside The Triangle than murders and car accidents combined in 2015.
For several years many people have denied that the opiate addiction plague had settled into Georgia, but it can no longer be ignored. These aren’t just your “average junkies” we’re talking about – they are often teens and young adults from upper-middle class families.
Of the five heroin addicts that were featured in this series, all of them overdosed at least once. Two of them eventually died from their drug use, and one is now serving a long-term prison sentence for trafficking.
There has literally never been a greater need in the Atlanta metro area for effective addiction treatment programs than there is now. That is why we are starting Centered Recovery Programs here, and we intend to share our program with many more locations in the future.