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July 18, 2014
The Georgia Department of Public Health is now working with the "Think About It" campaign to combat prescription drug abuse.
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July 15, 2014
Gainesville Times: "After first year, drug-monitoring program needs new funds to stay alive." As the Georgia painkiller-monitoring system became a year old, there is uncertainty as to whether it will be around to see its second birthday.
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MAG Foundation providing free archived CME webinar
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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

Walgreens Drug Stores to Distribute "Think About It" Educational Materials
The MAG Foundation 'Think About It' Campaign is partnering with Walgreens Drug Stores to promote prescription drug abuse prevention. Based on the educational materials provided to physicians and hospitals throughout Georgia, the prescription bag cards will reinforce the message to the general public to follow the "Four Steps" to avoid becoming an unintentional drug supplier. An alliance with a major pharmacy like Walgreens is an obvious next move for this educational outreach. In July, you'll find the card stapled to every prescription bag in the 191 Walgreens statewide!

Please consider donating to help support this program. (Click here)

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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