SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The opioid and heroin epidemic is growing and is becoming a bigger issue in Coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry.
Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia is partnering with many local organizations to hold a roundtable discussion.
The goal is to discuss ways to overcome the drug addiction problem in our area.
"We hope to talk about treatment and preparedness for what we are seeing coming through our emergency rooms and coming through some of our treatment centers, and hopefully, by sharing this information, we will be able to lessen the impact on this community that we have seen on some of the other communities, especially around New England, Maine, Boston and those areas," said Edward Tarver, U.S. Attorney General for Southern District of Georgia.
Officials say the best way you can make sure you don't fall into the opioid epidemic is to always be aware of what prescriptions you are taking.
"Be aware of what you're receiving, to get information from your provider on how these drugs should be medically used. And if there is a problem, to cease using those opioid medications, to go back and seek some type of treatment so we can see an end to it. They are ending and resulting in a number of deaths," Tarver said.
This roundtable is one of many being held across the state of Georgia and the country, trying to spread awareness of this problem and the fact that there is treatment available.