The Georgia Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative (GPDAPI) is committed to collaborating with law enforcement to eliminate improper prescribing practices including “pill mills,” “and illegal activities such as doctor shopping,” and the like.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Please visit these two websites for the latest information on the DEA’s work to eliminate improper prescribing practices including “pill mills, “and illegal activities such as “doctor shopping,” and the like:
DEA Prescription Drug Abuse Citizen Tip Line in Atlanta
DEA Atlanta Division has Statewide Prescription Drug Texting Tip Line that allows the public to report potential prescription drug abuse. Special Agent Harry S. Sommers, the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Atlanta Field Division (AFD) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced on February 20th that the DEA AFD has launched an anonymous statewide prescription drug texting tip line available to the public. Click Here to learn more about the tip line and how you can help.
Community “Drug Take-Back Event” with Law Enforcement
Secure disposal of Rx and OTC drugs is every communities business. Having a Community Drug Take-Back Day is a vital tool to protect your community, providing a safe and convenient means of disposing of Rx and OTC drugs while educating the public about the potential for abuse. To help coalitions plan and organize drug take-back days C.A.R.E.S. Alliance, in partnership with CADCA, released a Drug Take-Back Toolkit.
This toolkit is the ultimate how to guide on drug take-back day event planning, with instructions and customizable templates to engage partners and promote your event. It identifies the essentials of planning a drug take-back day and explains roles and responsibilities of the event organizer. This online tool offers practical advice on collaborating with law enforcement, working with a pharmacy to host the event, engaging the community, developing promotional materials, conducting media outreach, and much more.
C.A.R.E.S. Alliance has field tested the tool kit with seven CADCA coalitions nationwide to provide guidance and best practices learned from previous events. To access this online resource Click Here or visit: http://www.caresalliance.org/drugtakebacktoolkit.
GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)
Please click here to read more information on the GBI’s efforts to combat the abuse of prescription drugs:http://gbi.georgia.gov/00/press/detail/0,2668,67862954_67866877_173600626,00.html