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7. How is Georgia Addressing the Crisis?

Georgia Pain Management Clinic Act
To address the growing problem, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation championed by Attorney General Olens to combat illegal pill mills. Governor Deal signed the Georgia Pain Management Clinic Act on May 2, 2013, which will give the Georgia Composite Medical Board the authority to license and regulate pain management clinics. This will allow us to identify and curb narcotics traffickers who use pain management clinics as fronts for pill mills without getting in the way of doctors who offer legitimate pain management to their patients. It will also give Georgia law enforcement the necessary tools to tackle the problem.

Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
In 2011, the General Assembly passed and Governor Deal signed a law establishing a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) in Georgia. The PDMP will allow pharmacists to track the issuance of prescription drugs to identify individuals who are securing multiple prescriptions and will help identify pill mill operators. A grant has been received to implement the program in 2013.

Medical Association of Georgia “Think About It” Program

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Foundation 'Think About It' campaign encourages Georgians to 1) only take their medicine as prescribed and 2) not share their medicine and 3) store their medicine in a safe and secure place and 4) properly dispose of any unused medicine.

The ‘Think About It’ campaign involves a wide array of organizations, including medical societies, the Georgia Composite Medical Board, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, the Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation – as well as other law enforcement agencies, schools, and business and religious and other community organizations.

Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative
The Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative (GPDAPI) of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs (TCAD) focuses on four priority areas and nine objectives in order to prevent and reduce prescription drug abuse in Georgia.