Gov. Deal signs bills to combat Rx drug abuse

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed two key bills into law on May 4, including S.B. 121, the ‘Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Act,’ by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), which will make naloxone available on an over-the-counter basis under a standing order by a state health officer and reclassify naloxone as a Schedule V controlled substance, and H.B. 249 by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), which will codify an executive order to make naloxone available on an over-the-counter basis, require prescription drug dispensers to update the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) every 24 hours, and require prescribers to check the PDMP every time they prescribe a Schedule II drug beginning in 2018.

Among the dignitaries that were on hand for the bill signing ceremonies were MAG Foundation ‘Think About It’ campaign Community Chair Dallas Gay – who is pictured just behind Gov. Deal to the left. Go to www.mag.org/affiliates/TAI to support the TAI campaign. 

Bobbie Gay (behind Gov. Deal), Dallas Gay, Jeff Gay (behind Gov. Deal), Cindy Gay