Governor took the right stand in limiting opioid prescriptions
Gov. Nathan Deal acted wisely last week in vetoing SB 125, which would have given physician assistants the right to independently prescribe hydrocodone.  This dangerous opioid drug — which is used for pain relief in children, adolescents and adults — is at the heart of an increasing abuse-and-addiction epidemic.... Read more
Commentary:  Veto misguided and unfortunate
Among the bills Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed this week was Senate Bill 125, which would have authorized physicians to delegate their authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products to physician assistants. Deal cited the growing opioid epidemic as a reason for the veto, saying the legislation would be counter to... Read more
Veto will have painful consequences for rural patients
Rural Georgians are once again bearing the brunt of myopic health care policy decisions coming from Atlanta. On Tuesday, just days after the Jenkins County Hospital closure announcement, a bill designed to restore delegated prescriptive authority to Georgia’s board-certified physician assistants (PAs) treating painful injuries and other medical emergencies... Read more
Amid opioid epidemic, Georgia makes overdose antidote more available
People who have lost a friend or loved one to opioid addiction know about naloxone. In December, Georgia became the 36th state to legalize over-the-counter sale of naloxone, which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on painkillers, heroin, or other opioid drugs. In the past, only... Read more
‘Health literacy’ can be a life-or-death matter
  Many people have trouble understanding the medical conditions they have, the medications they take and the medical consent forms they have to sign. That’s an issue of “health literacy.” The term is not just a metaphor, because a big factor in health literacy is basic reading ability. According... Read more

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