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 because sources of medications are diverse and difficult to control. Drugs are easily attained through a physician - or multiple physicians simultaneously - as there is no statewide tracking mechanism. Often, medications are prescribed for legitimate reasons but are later diverted to abusers. Drugs are frequently stolen from parents, grandparents, friends or co-workers.
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Managing Multiple Sources of Drug AbuseAwareness has increased, but the adverse effects on our families, schools and businesses continue to grow. To alleviate this problem, we must more effectively manage the multiple sources. Physicians who prescribe, pharmacists who dispense, and the public who take medications all need to better understand the role they may unknowingly play in the potentially deadly stream of diverted legal drugs that flows through our state. Physicians and pharmacists need ongoing, up-to-date education on the ever changing epidemic of prescription drug abuse in our state. They also need current tools for educating their patients about these medications, which are potentiallly addictive and dangerous, that they should be locked away during use and discarded properly if some or all of the medication is not used. The public needs to understand their role in stopping this deadly trend by understanding how to use and then, in fact, using their medication properly, storing it securly while taking it and discarding safely any unused medications.