In an effort to help stem prescription drug abuse, The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation will launch a Higher Education TAKE-BACK Initiative with the creation of drug drop boxes on several metro campuses including Georgia State University.
This program is part of the Think About It campaign aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse in Georgia – particularly among college students.
The TAKE-BACK program includes several key components:
• Funding prescription drug drop boxes for GSU students at campus police station sites. Students and other residents will be able to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs on an anonymous, “no-questions-asked” basis at GSU campuses in downtown Atlanta, Clarkston, Dunwoody, Decatur and Covington.
• Providing colleges and universities in the state with posters that will address how students can safely dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs.
• Developing resources to raise awareness at colleges and universities in the state, including a web site and a social media campaign.
“We thank and applaud Georgia State University for demonstrating such great vision and leadership,” says MAG Foundation President Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D. “This is the kind of action and resources we need to begin to turn the tide on the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Georgia.”
GSU is part of a metro wide effort to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse and safe disposal of unused medications. Drop boxes will also be placed at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the University of West Georgia in Carrollton and at Kennesaw State University in Marietta.
Dr. Chapman said that the MAG Foundation has previously funded drug drop boxes at Armstrong State University in Savannah and the University of Georgia in Athens. The MAG Foundation also has distributed more than 1 million educational leaflets at Georgia pharmacies and given talks about the issue of prescription drug abuse and the need for proper disposal of medications at more than 50 town halls and 20 physician education events.