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
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
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
Promoting the 24th Annual Medical Center Open to the Georgia Mountain Region Commission (L-R) Forsyth County Commissioner (District Four) Cindy Jones Mills and 'Think About It' Community Chairman Dallas Gay
'Think About It' Higher Education Initiative at Brenau University: (L-R) MAG Executive Director/CEO Donald Palmisano, Jr. J.D. 'Think About It' Medical Chairman P. Tennent Slack, M.D., Dr. Ed Schrader President Brenau University, 'Think About It' Commuity Chairman Dallas Gay 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