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.
Video: Think About It is helping physicians educate their patients on prescription drug abuse prevention
Recent Press Conference at Georgia State CapitolGainesville resident Dallas Gay, who is the co-chair of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation's 'Think About It' campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state, participated in a press conference that took place at the State Capitol in Atlanta on January 23 to promote the upcoming National Rx Drug Abuse Summit - which is the "largest national collaboration of professionals on (the prescription drug abuse) issue." The press event featured Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. The summit will take place in Atlanta on April 22-24.