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June 15, 2016
Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses, study says [read article]

May 27, 2016
AMA "pleased" with FDA okay of implant to fight opioid addiction [read article]

May 14, 2016
New interview that features Ray Gaskin, M.D., who is leading the 'Think About It' 'Project DAN' Initiative in Savannah. [watch interview]

April 25, 2016
Winder PD equipped with Naloxone [read article]

April 20, 2016
MAG encourages physicians to register for the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) [read article]

March 24, 2016
Join us for the 4th Annual Jeffrey Gay Memorial Golf Classic
[read article]

March 23, 2016
President Barack Obama to speak at the Rx Drug Abuse Summit on Tuesday, March 29
[read article]

March 11, 2016
Project DAN hits the airwaves
[read article]

February 29, 2016
Inside the Triangle | Watch the Investigation
[read article]

February 2, 2016
White House Proposes $1.1 Billion Investment to Combat Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
[learn more]

January 4, 2016
'Project DAN' Naloxone kit saves life in Habersham County
[learn more]

December 7, 2015
MAG Foundation issues naloxone reminder
[learn more]

November 9, 2015
Georgia physician and AMA Board of Trustees chair-elect, Patrice Harris, M.D. asks physicians to act.
[learn more]

October 7, 2015
MAG Foundation gets $280K+ to fight Rx drug abuse
[learn more]

October 6, 2015
Waycross area physicians invited to Rx drug disposal box dedication [learn more]


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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.


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]


Fourth Annual Jeffrey Gay Memorial Golf Classic a Success!

On May 14, the Apple Mountain Golf Course in Clarkesville hosted the record breaking Fourth Annual Jeffrey Gay Memorial Golf Classic - in memory of the grandson of MAG Foundation 'Think About It' campaign community co-Chair Dallas Gay who lost his life to prescription drug abuse in 2012. The tournament, which is organized by the Gay family's friends and family, raised $40,904 to be split between 'Think About It' and the We Care Foundation - a local Gainesville charity. Special thanks to Jeff Coker and all the tournament sponsors for ensuring a successful and exciting event!


Check presentation photo first row (L-R): Dr. DJ Campbell with We Care, Jeffrey's mother Cindy Gay, TAI Community co-chair Dallas Gay, Row 2: Event organizers Colin Sawyer and Tim Cox and Jeffrey's father Jeff Gay.





Recent Happenings


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.
Click here for CBS report.



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.


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


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


 
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