ATLANTA (AP) — A new program designed to combat prescription drug abuse in Georgia might run out of money to operate only a few months after it gets under way in June.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/a1eK) that Georgia lawmakers didn't appropriate any funding for the prescription monitoring program when they passed legislation to create it in 2011. The program involves an electronic database that tracks prescriptions.
A two-year, $400,000 federal grant that pays startup costs for a new prescription monitoring program grant expires Sept. 30.
There were versions of legislation in the House and Senate that would have corrected the problem, but a final version died without a vote before the session ended earlier this year.
Officials say prescription drug abuse causes or contributes to the overdose deaths of 11 Georgians every week.