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Class Notes: Hall County Schools office event puts focus on prescription drugs

POSTED: May 15, 2013 12:51 a.m.

Prescription drug addiction will be the topic of the night at a presentation Thursday at the Hall County Schools office.

The Drug Free Coalition of Hall County is putting on the event from 6-7 p.m. at the 711 Green St. office for any students and adults interested.

P. Tennent Slack, who locally practices interventional pain medicine, will make a presentation about the scope of the prescription drug overdose crisis, including a look at why the problem arose and how to effectively address it.

Following Slack, local Gainesville businessman and Drug Free Coalition volunteer Dallas Gay will share the story of his grandson’s fight with prescription drug abuse, which resulted in his death in October 2012 at 21.

“Prescription drug diversion and addiction is sweeping our country and now accounts for more accidental deaths than automobile accidents or all of the illegal drugs combined,” Gay said in a news release. “Everyone needs to feel the responsibility to get educated so they will not become a victim or become an unintentional drug dealer.”

Gay said keeping medications locked away and dispensing of old prescription drugs is a crucial part of preventing drug abuse. Drop-off sites for prescription drugs are located at the Gainesville Police Department, 701 Queen City Parkway, and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office at 610 Main St., Gainesville.

Piedmont names new VP for advancement

Amy Amason has been named vice president for advancement at Piedmont College in Demorest.

Amason previously served as vice president for external relations and university advancement at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

Amason will now lead the offices of alumni affairs, marketing, communications and fundraising for Piedmont’s Demorest and Athens campuses.

Amason also previously worked at Arizona State University as vice president of the university foundation and as vice president of development for The Phoenix Symphony. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University and earned a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from Washburn University.

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