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.
Gov. Deal Signs MAG's Legislative Priorities Into Law
H.B. 900, which will enhance the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by 1) giving physicians the authority to delegate the right to access the PDMP system to staff who are licensed, registered or board-certified health care professionals and 2) allowing prescribers and dispensers to communicate with each other about potential abusers and 3) allowing individuals who are authorized to access the PDMP system to report instances of misuse or abuse to the patient's primary prescriber. [Read Full Article at MAG.org]
MAG member featured on CBS report on “opioid crisis”: Medical Association of Georgia Board member James L. Smith Jr., MD., was featured on a ‘Troubling link found in growing opioid crisis’ report that aired on CBS46 WGLC-TV Atlanta on Thursday, May 10. The report also referenced the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse. Dr. Smith in an emergency room physician at the Gwinnett Medical Center.
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Tournament chairs (L-R): Colin Sawyer, Tom Johnson and Tim Cox present the 2014 winnings to 'Think About It'
L- R: Bob Jeffery (Georgia Composite Medical Board), Charles White, DO (Georgia Composite Medical Board), Steven Kassels, MD (Author, "Addiction on Trial"), Dallas Gay (Community Co-chair, MAG Foundation 'Think About It' campaign), Jack Chapman Jr, MD (President MAG Foundation), Tommy Whitworth (Georgia Pharmacy Association), Stephanie McCladdie (Region Administrator, SAMHSA) - MAG Foundation 'Think About It' Clinical co-chair Dallas Gay spoke students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia Campus about the importance of educating medical students about prescription drug abuse prevention practices. Gay is pictured here with other dignitaries.
Georgia Pharmacy Association Convention Panel on improving physician/pharmacist communication featuring: (L-R) MAG Executive Director/CEO Donald Palmisano, Jr., MAG Foundation Vice President John Antalis, M.D., Director of Prevention/Intervention, The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Gregg Raduka, Ph.D, and GPhA Facilitator & 1st Vice President Liza Chapman, Pharm.D
L-R:, Community co-chairman 'Think About It' Dallas Gay, Midtown Business Radio Host Charles (CW) Hall and 'Think About It' volunteer and CEO Whole and Healthy Youth
MAG Foundation Advisory Board members: (L-R) 'Think About It' Community Chairman Dallas Gay, GPhA President Pam Marquess, Pharm.D., Georgia Society Addiction Medicine President Susan Blank, M.D. and MAG Foundation President Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D
Dr. Michael Sanseviro, Kennesaw State University Dean of Student Success at the 'Think About It' Rx drug Drop Box Ribbon Cutting with Michael Polachek, Kennesaw State University Student and 'Think About It' co-chair Dallas Gay