The Department of Public Health reports there were 2,390 drug overdose deaths in Georgia in 2021, and 71 percent were attributed to opioids. Recognizing these statistics and the fact that the nationwide opioid crisis is widespread in Georgia, state lawmakers have created a committee to conduct an in-depth evaluation of Georgia’s pain management industry, with a focus on raising awareness about non-opioid alternatives, including non-opioid pharmacologic treatments.

The House Study Committee on Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Management was formed following the adoption of House Resolution 1360 during the 2024 legislative session. Speaker Jon Burns, R-Newington, has named Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, to chair the committee. 

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