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Georgia now tracking drugs to address abuse


Prescription drug abuse is a “huge” problem that Georgia is only now implementing a system to monitor and curb, the second-to-last state to do so, an official said.

Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday


Pain doctors look for alternatives to drugs
The solution to keeping patients from abusing prescription painkillers might be to deal with the pain itself and avoid the drugs, an Augusta pain physician said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle/Sunday


Georgia’s teen birth rate still high
According to government and United Nations records, the birth rate for Georgia teens ages 15-19 was 41 per 1,000 teens in 2010. The national rate was 34.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday


Hutcheson Medical Center and Erlanger Health System end lease negotiation
The negotiation was unsuccessful; Hutcheson, in Fort Oglethorpe, will seek bids from outside entities for a long-term partnership.


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