2010 file photo, a pharmacy tech poses for a picture with hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, the generic version of Vicodin in Edmond, Okla. A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017 traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince doctors that these powerful painkillers carried less risk of addiction than they actually do. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Starting next year every medical doctor in Georgia will be required to undergo opioid training.

Prescription opioids are strong pain medications which include medicines such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine to name a few. All of these medicines have both benefits and risks.

These medications, when correctly prescribed and used, can help treat pain for targeted medical situations.

When these medicines are misused or abused, there will be harmful effects, including addiction, overdose, and death.

The Georgia Medical Board is requiring new training for doctors in the state to better combat the opioid epidemic.

Other doctors across the state are not pleased with this mandate and are pushing back because they believe this will make their job treating patients less efficient and burdensome.

The new mandated training gives proper instruction about how to prescribe these pain medicines along with recognizing signs of drug abuse.

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports opioid abuse has killed approximately 33,000 people.

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.



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