Take Action

We need everyone in Georgia to help prevent the abuse and misuse of opioids. There are many ways you can take action:

Join the Statewide Opioid Task Force

Hold an Outreach Event

Drug Take Back

Statewide Opioid Task Force

In 2016, 982 people in the state of Georgia died from an opioid-related drug overdose. That is why on October 4, 2017, Attorney General Chris Carr announced the creation of a Statewide Opioid Task Force to provide an infrastructure of communication between the public, private and non-profit sector, local, state and federal officials and other stakeholders to ensure we have strong and effective tools to combat this issue that’s plaguing our state and nation. We must fight back harder, and we believe this platform will help us strengthen our state’s response and save lives.

Join the Statewide Opioid Task Force by contacting the Department of Law’s Communications Director, Katelyn McCreary ([email protected]).

Current Statewide Opioid Task Force Members

  1. Acadia Healthcare
  2. Accenture
  3. ADAPT Pharma
  4. Administrative Office of the Courts
  5. Aetna
  6. Alliance of Community Hospitals
  7. Alliant Quality
  8. American Academy of Pediatrics
  9. Aniz, Inc.
  10. Anthem, Inc.
  11. Appriss Health
  12. Area Agency on Aging
  13. Atlanta Metropolitan State College
  14. Atlanta Police Department
  15. Atlanta Technical College
  16. Augusta University Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response
  17. CareSource
  18. Centers for Disease Control
  19. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  20. City of Augusta
  21. City of Brunswick
  22. CNHI
  23. Cobb County
  24. CopernicusMD
  25. Council of Accountability Court Judges
  26. Council on Alcohol and Drugs
  27. Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  28. Cumming First United Methodist Church
  29. CVS Health
  30. Drug Enforcement Administration
  31. Georgia General Assembly
  32. Georgia Health Policy Center at GSU
  33. Georgia High School Association
  34. Georgia Hospital Association
  35. Georgia News Network
  36. Georgia Nurses Association
  37. Georgia Office of the Child Advocate for the Protection of Children
  38. Georgia Opioid State Targeted Response
  39. Georgia Pain and Wellness Center
  40. Georgia Pharmacy Association
  41. Georgia Poison Control Center
  42. Georgia Prevention Project
  43. Georgia Public Broadcasting
  44. Georgia Retail Association
  45. Georgia Sheriffs’ Association
  46. Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  47. Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  48. Georgia State Firefighters Association
  49. Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  50. Goldenpoint MD
  51. GPA Treatment of Macon, Inc.
  52. Grace Tabernacle Ministries
  53. Grady Health
  54. Guardian Pharmacy
  55. Haydon Consulting
  56. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  57. Highland Rivers Health
  58. InsiderAdvantage
  59. Intent Solutions
  60. Kaiser Permanente
  61. Kennesaw State University Addiction and Recovery Center
  62. Mako Medical Laboratories
  63. McGuireWoods
  64. McKesson
  65. Medical Association of Georgia
  66. Metro Atlanta Chamber
  67. Michigan State University
  68. Moeller and Associates
  69. Mohawk Industries
  70. Morehouse School of Medicine
  71. Myers and Stauffer
  72. National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities
  73. Northside Hospital
  74. Northwest Family YMCA
  75. Office of Governor Nathan Deal
  76. Office of Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle
  77. Office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp
  78. Office of Senator Isakson
  79. Office of Speaker David Ralston
  80. Our Kinship Village
  81. Peachford Hospital
  82. Peachtree NORML
  83. Preston Group
  84. Prosecuting Attorneys Council
  85. Realty4Rehab
  86. Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center
  87. Southern Strategy Group
  88. Spring Up
  89. State Bar of Georgia
  90. State Board of Education
  91. State Board of Workers Compensation
  92. Steed Media Group
  93. Still Waters Outreach
  94. Street Grace
  95. Technical College System of Georgia
  96. The Mullins Companies
  97. Thompson Victory Group
  98. Tift Regional Health Center
  99. Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon & Associates
  100. Troup County Prevention Coalition
  101. Troutman Sanders LLP
  102. Truetlen County
  103. Tumlin Group
  104. S. Army
  105. S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Georgia
  106. S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia
  107. S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Georgia
  108. S. Department of Homeland Security
  109. S. Department of Justice
  110. University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
  111. University System of Georgia
  112. Voices for Prevention
  113. Walgreens
  114. WRDW News 12 – Augusta

Hold an Outreach Event

We encourage parent groups, educators, coaches, businesses, the faith community, the medical community, law enforcement, service organizations and others to plan and hold DOSE OF REALITY outreach events to raise awareness at a local level.

Ideas for Outreach Events

These are just a few event ideas to get you started. Be inspired and creative in your efforts, and look at how to engage the target audience as you plan. Make use of the DOSE OF REALITY materials to keep the message unified, consistent and relevant.

DOSE OF REALITY information table

  • Find out if you can set up an information table at your local schools, churches, community events, sporting events, festivals, fairs
  • Promote the event via posters, social media
  • Download relevant brochures, flyers, posters from the Ordering Portal

DOSE OF REALITY Day

Host a DOSE OF REALITY DAY at your business, school, or community organization to raise awareness of the issue of prescription painkiller abuse and how to prevent it.

What You May Need:

Order and download one of the DOSE OF REALITY Outreach Kits appropriate for your audience. Select and download other relevant materials for use.

What You Can Do:

  • Choose a day and promote it via email, website, social media
  • Put up the posters in advance with the date of the event
  • Set up an information table using the materials listed above
  • Invite someone from the medical or treatment community in to talk about signs of addiction, what to do if you need help, and how to prevent abuse
  • Invite the local media to cover the awareness day
  • Place a link to DoseOfRealityGA.org on your organization’s website, and/or a link to the Drug Take Back section and encourage people to properly dispose of unwanted and unused medication

Other Ideas

Essay, poster, art or video contest: encourage youth or students to participate in a contest to create a piece that helps support the DOSE OF REALITY prevention message in their own school, church or community. Involve your local media outlets. The winning entry(ies) can be displayed prominently at high-profile venues throughout the community, as well as shared via social media and via the media outlets.

Community Walk/Run/Volleyball/Basketball/Football Game: organize a community-wide sporting event in which players or teams are sponsored to raise awareness. Money raised through fees or donations can be given to local substance abuse, mental health or recovery organization(s).

DOSE OF REALITY Town Hall: host a town hall-type question and answer session with a panel of local leaders, professionals from the medical and/or substance abuse field, youth leaders, parents, law enforcement where members of the community can ask questions of the panel and get more information about opioid and narcotic abuse and prevention. 

Drug Take Back Event: partner with the officials in charge of your local permanent Drug Take Back location to host a Drug Take Back Event at your venue, or to select a day for an additional, local Take Back Day, encouraging people to visit their local Drug Take Back location (NOTE: be sure to work with an official Drug Take Back partner for this event! DO NOT attempt to collect unused or unwanted medications on your own.)