The State of
Georgia is faced with a new crisis: the deadly surge of prescription (Rx) drug abuse.
The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that about 7 million people regularly use Rx drugs for non-medical purposes. Unfortunately,
What is extremely troubling is that the abuse is particularly prevalent among teens. In fact, the CDC reports that one in five high school students school has taken a Rx drug without a doctor’s prescription. Even more alarming, many teens are getting these drugs from friends and family.
To address the growing problem, the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation 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.