New U.S. attorney targeting opioid crisis
The illegal use of prescription painkillers is decreasing, but heroin and synthetic fentanyl have grown in popularity among drug users here, says the new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. BJay Pak, who took over as U.S. attorney last month, told GHN on Tuesday that fighting the... Read more
Commentary: To fight addiction, reduce the role of opioids
This week, President Trump is expected to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The crisis has hit Georgia hard. More than 1,000 Georgians died in 2015 from overdosing on drugs such as hydrocodone, codeine, fentanyl, Vicodin, morphine and street drugs like heroin — a 200 percent increase since... Read more
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

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