A Oct. 30 Rome News-Tribune article highlighted drug overdose crisis being fought by leaders Rome and Floyd County.
The newspapers said that Rome police reportedly saved two residents from opioid overdoses over the weekend by administering the NARCAN nasal spray they now routinely carry.
Between 2012 and 2016, 68 people in Floyd County died of overdoses, according to a community assessment tool launched by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
On the legal front, Brinson Askew Berry partner Andy Davis is one of the attorneys leading a class action lawsuit on the behalf of cities and counties throughout Georgia against a dozen or so top opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuit seeks to recoup damages to their communities, with an eye to using the money to address the crisis.