Many Ga. doc­tors not part of opi­oid pro­gram

The Telegraph (Macon) - - News -

About 1,100 doc­tors in Ge­or­gia have not signed up for a pro­gram to mon­i­tor opi­oid use.

The At­lanta Jour­nalCon­sti­tu­tion re­ported doc­tors were sup­posed to sign up by Jan. 1 for the state’s pre­scrip­tion drug mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram. The doc­tors were sup­posed to start check­ing the pro­gram July 1 be­fore pre­scrib­ing opi­oids and cer­tain other drugs.

But the news­pa­per says many doc­tors have not signed up de­spite warn­ings. Of­fi­cials say 24,000 doc­tors have signed up.

The Ge­or­gia Com­pos­ite Med­i­cal Board dis­cussed the mat­ter Thurs­day, but the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice said the board would have to build a case against each doc­tor, gather doc­u­ments, call peo­ple to tes­tify and hold­ing hear­ings.

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