Letter to the Editor: Let’s take the Preceptor Tax Incentive all the way
I am writing to applaud the Georgia House of Representatives for taking a step last week toward better health for Georgians, as members voted in favor of HB 287, the Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP).  I am really hoping that the Georgia Senate will follow suit during this legislative... Read more
Hepatitis A infections surging in Georgia
Public health officials say they’ve seen a big increase in acute hepatitis A infections in Georgia. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Large outbreaks have occurred in other states among injection... Read more
Senate panel OKs behavioral health commission
A Senate committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill to create a state commission to analyze Georgia’s behavioral health services and recommend improvements. The commission would be authorized to take ‘’a very deep dive’’ into the state’s mental health system, said Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), lead sponsor of... Read more
Proposals to fight HIV move forward in General Assembly
A month after metro Atlanta was announced as a focus of a federal anti-HIV initiative, Georgia lawmakers are moving forward on their own to fight the disease here. The Georgia House has passed legislation to facilitate needle exchange programs to help prevent new infections among intravenous drug users. Such... Read more
Commentary: Creative use of data helps fight the opioid epidemic
Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have increased almost six times since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 47,000 people in 2017, and a third of those deaths involved prescription medications. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded its data tool involving opioid prescriptions. Its update to... Read more

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