Addressing Opioid Use in Georgia: Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) Leads the Conversation

On November 7, 2017, Georgia Addiction Counselor Association (GACA) participated in a community based meeting with local, state, and federal officials at The DOOR, a recovery community organization in Decatur, Georgia. Richard Baum, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the federal Drug Czar, was present. Local Commissioner of District 3, Larry Johnson, also attended along with the Georgia Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, and Georgia Overdose Prevention. The group shared ideas, experiences, needs, and hopes around the struggles we collectively face in the ongoing opioid crisis. Mr. Baum spoke about President Trump’s position on the opioid epidemic and asked for input from the community members and those working in the areas of prevention, treatment, and recovery.

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