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Prescription Opioids and Heroin Epidemic in Georgia


Prescription Opioids and Heroin Epidemic in Georgia
Executive Summary
Findings and Policy
I. Opioids overview
1. What opioids are

III. Proposed legislative agenda
for Georgia

2. How opioids affect the human body

1. Increase access to Naloxone

3. The U.S. opioid epidemic

2. Improve access to opioid use disorder
treatment, including medication assisted
treatment (MAT and recovery support

4. Relationship between nonmedical use of
prescription opioids and heroin use
5. Impact of opioid use
a. Overdose deaths in Georgia
b. How Georgia compares to other states

and the nation
6. Economic costs of opioid misuse and
abuse in Georgia and the United states

II. Key Georgia issues
1. Overdose reversal
2. Medication assisted treatment & recovery
support services
3. Prevention education

3. Increase state funding for substance abuse
prevention education
4. Increase funding and improve
mechanisms for addressing neonatal
abstinence syndrome (NAS)
5. Strengthen the Prescription Drug
Monitoring Program (PDMP)
6. Increase oversight of pain clinics
7. Create standards for physician education
8. Create a “blue ribbon” commission on
substance use recovery supports and
recovery-oriented systems of care

4. Neonatal abstinence syndrome

IV. Appendix

5. Controlling access to opioids

V. Resources

a. Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
b. Pain clinics
c. Prescriber education

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