Wed., May 15, 2013 7:38am
State officials and lawmakers have launched a campaign aimed at addressing the issue of prescription drug abuse among teenagers in the state. Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities spokesman Matt Carrothers Tuesday said that state officials and youth from Catoosa and Gwinnett counties met at the Capitol to launch the project, titled "Generation Rx."
Mon., April 29, 2013 9:00am
Savannah area police and sheriff's deputies say they rounded more than 200 pounds of expired and unwanted drugs as part of a national sweep. The prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected Saturday as part of an event sponsored by the national Drug Enforcement Administration.
Thu., April 25, 2013 10:12am
Georgians are invited to dispose of unwanted prescription medication during national prescription drug take-back day. The event is scheduled for April 27 with drop-off sites across the state.
Mon., April 22, 2013 12:00pm
A new program designed to combat prescription drug abuse in Georgia might run out of money to operate only a few months after it gets under way in June. Georgia lawmakers didn't appropriate any funding for the prescription monitoring program when they passed legislation to create it in 2011. The program involves an electronic database that tracks prescriptions.
Thu., November 8, 2012 12:00pm
A northeast Georgia sheriff has installed a permanent box designed for residents to dispose of unused or expired prescription medicine in an effort to stem increasing abuse of prescription drugs.
Wed., July 4, 2012 6:42am
Federal agents raided a pain clinic in Tucker Tuesday -- the second time in three weeks -- and arrested a doctor. Officials said Dr. Michael Assevero was charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone during the raid at Southern Health Management.
Mon., March 26, 2012 10:00am
Authorities in Forsyth County are setting up what they describe as Georgia's first "drug take back box" for unwanted prescription drugs. Sheriff's officials say the purpose of the box is to give people a way to dispose of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs from households.
Thu., January 12, 2012 1:00pm
Attorney General Sam Olens is starring in a new public service advertisement about the dangers of improperly using prescription drugs. Olens said it's essential to educate citizens about the dangers lurking in medicine cabinets to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.
Tue., January 10, 2012 7:03am
Georgia officials are working on a prescription drug database they expect will help with what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls an epidemic of overdose deaths. By next January, state law requires the new database to be online so doctors and pharmacists can track patients' prescriptions and spot potential abuse.
Thu., November 3, 2011 5:58am
Georgia has been awarded a $400,000 grant to implement a prescription drug monitoring program. Thirty-seven states have prescription drug monitoring systems. Georgia has passed legislation to establish the program, but has not designated funding for it.