Commentary: Why won’t Georgia trust its PAs?
Senate Bill 125 would have authorized Georgia doctors to delegate to physician assistants the authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products. The legislation was vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who cited the ongoing opioid crisis in the state. In a new GHN Commentary, the president and board chairman of the American... Read more
Governor’s action on PAs is a setback for Georgia patients
Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of legislation to allow PAs (physician assistants) to treat pain more effectively (Senate Bill 125) is an unfortunate setback for Georgians suffering from injuries and other medical emergencies. The bill would have permitted a PA to prescribe a five-day supply of hydrocodone, a common painkiller,... Read more
Overdoses from fake painkillers hit Warner Robins area
The overdoses began Saturday night in Warner Robins. All told, at least eight people have overdosed from street drugs that were believed to be counterfeit versions of Percocet, a prescription painkiller. Seven occurred in Warner Robins, with one in nearby Macon. The overdoses were eerily similar to a string of Middle... Read more
Study finds doctors differ on government monitoring of opioids
Physicians who work in emergency rooms generally are more supportive of prescription monitoring programs than doctors in other specialties, a new Georgia State University study reports. The study, led by Eric Wright, a GSU professor of sociology and public health, comes at a time where opioid addiction has spread in... Read more
Commentary: Deal’s veto of opioid prescription bill was a wise step
Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed Senate Bill 125, which would have authorized physicians in Georgia to delegate to physician assistants the authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products. Deal cited the opioid epidemic as a reason for the veto, saying the legislation would be counter to Georgia’s efforts to... Read more

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