ATLANTA, GA – Last week, the Georgia General Assembly introduced a bill to codify Governor Nathan Deal’s order to allow pharmacists to dispense Naloxone without needing a physician’s prescription, vastly improving access to this life-saving medica

Gary Mendell, the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, released this statement:

I commend the Georgia General Assembly, including Senator Renee Unterman, for taking this important step to improve access to life-saving Naloxone and enabling pharmacists to more easily provide it to those in need. By strengthening the state’s PDMP, Georgia continues to be a leader in addressing the deadly opioid epidemic.

In his State of the State delivered earlier this month, Governor Deal rightfully expressed his desire for the General Assembly to tackle the state’s opioid epidemic. With the introduction of this bill, state lawmakers are turning Governor Deal’s words into action to save lives in Georgia. Shatterproof will continue to work with state legislators, including Representative Kevin Tanner, to pass this life saving legislation.

Fast Facts:

  • There were 549 opioid drug overdoses in Georgia in 2015. Georgia ranks among the top 11 states in the country with the most prescription opioid overdose deaths. (Georgia Prevention Project)
  • Doctors in Georgia wrote 7.8 million opioid prescriptions in 2015. That’s enough for every adult in the state to have a bottle in their medicine cabinet. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Despite the creation of an optional PDMP in 2013, only 25% of Georgia doctors and 61% of pharmacists are registered users. (Opioid Abuse Senate Study Committee)

About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the loss of his son Brian to addiction in 2011. Gary is an experienced businessman and CEO, who founded HEI Hotels & Resorts and is the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.

About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support for families. Shatterproof provides families with evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.




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