Gov. Deal signs bills to combat Rx drug abuse
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