Attorney General Carr’s Focus on Opioids Producing Results
ATLANTA – On the eve of the latest meeting of the Statewide Opioid Task Force, which was an initiative established by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr in 2017, Georgia Health News shared that the state of Georgia was ranked in the top tier for action against opioid abuse for the first time by the National Safety Council.
In its April 5, 2018, news article on WABE, “Georgia Ranked in Top Tier For Action Against Opioid Abuse,” editor Andy Miller writes, “Georgia is one of 13 states that earned this designation for taking comprehensive actions to eliminate opioid overdoses and help protect residents.”
The article goes on to explain that the Safety Council identified six key actions that states can take to have a significant impact addressing the opioid epidemic, and that Georgia met five of the six actions in 2017.
- Mandating prescriber education
- Implementing opioid prescribing guidelines
- Integrating Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs into clinical settings
- Improving data collection and sharing
- Treating opioid overdose
- Increasing availability of opioid use disorder treatment
Just two states, Nevada and New Mexico, fulfilled all six. Georgia missed the data collection category. Carr is leading the Attorney General’s office in providing an infrastructure of communication between organizations in Georgia’s public, private and non-profit sectors that are combating and are impacted by this critical issue. The full piece can be read here.
Today’s meeting of the Statewide Opioid Task Force focused on how the opioid epidemic is affecting our state’s youth and included a presentation by the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Strategic Plan Working Group that included data collection.
“We have much work to do, but thanks to buy in across-the-board buy in from Governor Deal and Georgia’s stakeholders, we are making progress in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Carr. “We are fighting back harder through new initiatives like our ‘Dose of Reality’ campaign to help ensure we’re fighting this scourge from every direction. This platform is helping us strengthen our state’s response and save lives.”