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Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative Launches Awareness Campaign
Date:9/19/2012

ATLANTA, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is pleased to announce the launch of the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Awareness Campaign: "Prescription Drug Abuse – It's Not what the Doctor Ordered," to educate adults and children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the importance of safe storage and secure disposal of prescription and over the counter drugs. 

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs is working with a wide range of organizations that support the Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Awareness Campaign including the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, state and federal law enforcement agencies, public and private schools, civic groups, and social organizations. Guidance for this campaign is being provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities/ Division of Addictive Diseases/ Office of Prevention Services and Programs.

The Campaign features its own website: http://www.stoprxabuseinga.org. Other aspects of the Campaign will include educational posters and postcards, newspaper print ads, and use of social media such as Facebook and Tweeter.  The Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Awareness Campaign focuses on four priority areas established by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy: 

Education. A crucial first step in tackling the problem of prescription drug abuse and misuse is educating Georgia's parents, youth, the general public, physicians, pharmacists, caretakers and others about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the appropriate and safe use, proper storage and safe disposal of prescript
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