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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 Foundation recently announced the launch of their "Think About It" Program, a multi-year program, aligned with a number of collaborative partner organizations such as the GBI and is built on three initiatives:

  1. Facilitating the development of a comprehensive drug policy for Georgia.
  2. Education of public and professionals.
  3. Development of drug safety programs that promote various means to secure drugs in the home and to provide safe disposal of unneeded.

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.