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Brown Bag Lunch to educate community on prescription drug abuse

POSTED: September 2, 2013 12:07 a.m.

WomenSource is focusing on the dangers and prevention of prescription drug abuse for its monthly Brown Bag Lunch series.

A nonprofit charitable organization based in Gainesville, WomenSource hosts an educational luncheon event the first Thursday of every month to enlighten the community on issues ranging from cancer prevention to operating a business successfully.

“Prescription drug abuse being an epidemic, we thought that it was an important topic to cover,” said Laura Haynes, program coordinator for WomenSource. “I think there is a concern within Hall County, and it’s a growing problem ... people are aware that it’s affecting those in our own community.”

Haynes also mentioned prescription drug abuse was a choice topic because of the wide range of individuals it affects and the fact it isn’t specific to one age group or income bracket.

“It’s not just something that influences a set, distinct population of people or class,” she pointed out.

For this particular event, WomenSource is partnering with the Think About It campaign, described as “a state-wide initiative launched by the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation to more effectively manage and control potentially dangerous prescription drugs in Georgia.”

The lunch-and-learn occasion features area physician P. Tennent Slack, M.D., and former Northeast Georgia Medical Center board member Dallas Gay, who serve as co-chairmen of the Think About It campaign.

Slack will present “Prescription Drug Abuse: A Nationwide Epidemic,” while Gay will follow with his presentation, titled “Jeffrey’s Story.”

Haynes said WomenSource is planning for around 100 women to attend, and hopes attendees will leave with the awareness of prescription drug abuse as a rising problem.

“We need to talk about it openly and talk about how to prevent it, how to get help and what can really happen, so that women can educate their families and know what to look for,” she said.

“I think there are people in denial,” Haynes added, “and it will be good on that level, as well, creating an education and awareness on what is truly helpful and not enabling the problem.”

The event is open to the public and is set for Thursday at noon with doors opening at 11:45 a.m. at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center.

Preregistration is required, and reservations should be made by Tuesday. Lunch will be provided, and payments are accepted at the door.

A fee to attend is $5 for founding and annual members of WomenSource, and $6 for nonmembers.

For more information, contact Laura Haynes at laura@womensource.info or 770-503-9060. Individuals may also register online at womensource.info.


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