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2019 Legislator of the Year

Each year, GDA recognizes a distinguished member of the Georgia General Assembly for his or her efforts in advocating for sustainable oral health initiatives, protecting patient safety and promoting the dental profession.

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Free Dental Care for Kids at GDA Foundation
Give Kids a Smile Day

Dentists across Georgia are providing free dental care for children in the state as part of the Georgia Dental Association and its Foundation’s annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Friday, February 7. The volunteer initiative takes place each February in conjunction with Children’s Dental Health Month and provides dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children in Georgia.

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GDA Has Its Own Prescribe with Care Initiative

The Georgia Dental Association and its members are working to be a part of the solution when it comes to addressing the opioid epidemic. Therefore, in 2018, GDA released its own Prescribe with Care initiative that focuses on education, collaboration, and administrative rule-making to ensure opioids are being prescribed appropriately when needed. As part of the Prescribe with Care initiative, GDA created an important resource related to the prescribing of opioids for its members. According to Georgia statute 16-13-56.1:

A prescriber who issues a prescription for an opioid shall provide
the patient with prescription information on the addictive risks of
using opioids and information on options available for safely disposing
of any unused opioids where such options exist. Such information may
be provided verbally or in writing.

All GDA members have access to a handout for your patients regarding safe practices around opioid use and where to dispose of them. This handout can be found on the GDA website at gadental.org/prescribe.