The Medical Association of Georgia honored Dallas Gay Oct. 21 for his work on the opioid epidemic.
Gay received the Donna Glass Non-Physician Distinguished Service Award, which honors those who are not doctors that make “contributions to the advancement and support of medicine.”
Gay, whose grandson Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. died in 2012 from an overdose, has worked to increase availability of naloxone for first responders. The drug, often seen as Narcan, is the antidote in overdose cases.
Gay said it was “quite an honor.”
“There’s a lot of work to do, and we have a long way to go,” he said.
In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed the Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Act, which made naloxone available over the counter. Gay and the Partnership for a Drug Free Hall have also worked on expanding access to a downloadable checklist for those responding to an overdose.