The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab discovered heroin submissions have increased by more than 200 percent since 2011, according to a Thursday release.
The increase started slow between 2011 and 2012, with only 28 percent (276 compared to 356), according to the release. But that growth exploded to more than 100 percent in the next fiscal year. In 2012, 356 cases were reported, compared to 717 cases in 2013.
So far, GBI's crime lab reports a 20 percent increase between 2013 and 2014. The stats are compared between fiscal years, meaning there are two additional months left for analysis.
So far, 863 cases have been reported in 2014's fiscal year, meaning the number of cases has increased 212 percent since 2011.
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The crime lab also reports there has been a 22 percent decrease in submission of other drug samples compared to heroin. In 2013, the lab received 29,067 samples for all other drugs. To date in 2014, they have received 22,622 samples.