Heroin use appears to be on the rise in Georgia based on an analysis of drug submissions to the GBI Crime Lab.
Submissions have jumped by more than 300 percent in a three-year period from fiscal 2011 to date, the GBI reported in a news release issued Thursday.
Law enforcement agencies across the state submit confiscated drugs to the GBI for testing as a part of making a criminal case. The GBI analysis found an annual increase in heroin submissions since fiscal 2011.
So far, a 20 percent increase was recorded for this fiscal year, the release stated. For comparison, a 22 percent decrease was recorded for all other drugs combined that were submitted in 2013 and 2014 to date, the release stated.
A 100 percent increase was recorded from 2012 to 2013, and a 28 percent increase was recorded from 2011 to 2012, the release stated.
Sherry Lang, a GBI spokeswoman, said the increase may be due to the fact that heroin is less costly to obtain than other drugs.