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Do you know someone with a prescription drug abuse problem?

Statewide, the statistics are staggering. Prescription drug abuse is advancing at alarming rates throughout our population. From law enforcement to educators, from grassroots community efforts to statewide organizations, concerned citizens of Georgia are striving to address the multiple facets of this damaging and costly situation. Prescription drug abusers are not limited to street addicts. Abuse crosses demographic lines and affects all ages. Drugs are easily attained through a physician. Often, medications are prescribed for legitimate reasons but are later diverted to abusers. Drugs are frequently stolen from parents, grandparents, friends or co-workers.

Video: Think About It is helping physicians educate their patients on prescription drug abuse prevention

Recent Happenings

High-profile stakeholders to support MAG Foundation's efforts to reduce Rx drug abuse
ATLANTA - The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation (MAG Foundation) has announced that a number of high-profile health care system entities in Georgia have joined Walgreens to support its 'Think About It' campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state by distributing informational leaflets.

CVS Caremark will begin to distribute the leaflets at 325 pharmacies in the state on August 18. Other entities that are expected to begin to distribute the leaflets in August include Kaiser Permanente 28 pharmacies in Georgia, the Georgia of Department of Public Health 159 county health departments and 18 public health districts, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Hughes Spalding location near Grady Hospital), Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Phoebe Putney Health System - including Phoebe Physicians Group and the Georgia Charitable Care Network - which is comprised of about 100 independent non-profit clinics in the state.

"We are proud and pleased to know that these leading entities have joined us in our efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse in Georgia," MAG Foundation Chair Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D. "We believe that education is the single most important step that we can take to reduce prescription drug abuse, which the Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency says has reached epidemic levels in the state."

The "Help Stop Rx Drug Abuse in Georgia" leaflets encourage Georgians to 1) only take their medicine as prescribed and 2) not share their medicine and 3) store their medicine in a safe and secure place and 4) properly dispose of any unused medicine.

The 'Think About It' campaign involves a wide array of organizations, including medical societies, the Georgia Composite Medical Board, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, the Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation - as well as other law enforcement agencies, schools, and business and religious and other community organizations.

Walgreens began distributing the leaflets to patients who have their prescriptions filled at nearly 200 Walgreens pharmacies in the state on July 3.

2nd Annual Jeffrey Gay Memorial Class Golf Tournament
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Jeffrey Gay Memorial Class Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 17 at Apple Mountain Golf Course. The sold out event of 120 golfers raised $21,844 for 'Think About It'. Special thanks to the Mellow Mushroom for their sponsorship.

1st Place Winners L-R: Lawler West, Tim West, Scott Head and Darrel Smallwood

Event Chairs: Colin Sawyer, Tom Johnson and Tim Cox

Jeffrey's brother Chris (far left) and friends gather post tourney

Peach State Health Plan Donation
'Think About It' applauds Peach State Health Plan for the $10,000 donation to the MAG Foundation to enable effective outreach and education in areas like Troup County.

Peach State Health Plan representatives and members of the MAG Foundation Board of Directors

L-R front row: Peach State Senior Vice President External Affairs Ray Williams, MAG Foundation Director of Program Development Lori Cassity Murphy, Peach State CEO Patrick Healy, MAG Foundation President Jack Chapman Jr., M.D.

L-R back Row: Peach State Senior Vice President Medical Affairs Dr. Dean Greeson, MAG Foundation Secretary Treasurer Steve Walsh, M.D., Ali Rahimi, M.D., MAG Foundation Vice President John Antalis, M.D. and Dan DeLoach, M.D.

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