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“Georgia Recovers” represents an intentional effort to shift the paradigm in which the underlying health of individuals, families and communities is emphasized and enhanced in contrast to the fear- based, hopeless messages that focus exclusively on the problem.
We have seen an influx of federal and state resources targeted at prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. Georgia is part of a lawsuit aimed at holding pharmaceutical companies responsible for promoting irresponsible prescribing practices. We have passed legislation promoting the use of overdose reversal drugs and providing legal amnesty for an individual reporting an overdose they are witnessing. We have passed legislation to create and maintain a prescription drug monitoring program. And we have embarked on an cross-system, comprehensive Multi-Stakeholder Opioid and Substance Use Response Plan that has brought attention to the issue and developed a strategic plan with recommendations to address this public heath crisis.