Health: State Sen. Chuck Hufsteter and Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force discuss opioid crisis; October meeting planned in Rome.

Health: State Sen. Chuck Hufsteter and Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force discuss opioid crisis; October meeting planned in Rome.

State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler met Monday with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sens. Renee Unterman, Dean Burke, Ben Watson, Kay Kirkpatrick, Jack Hill and Doc Rhett, for the fourth meeting of Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Members discussed solutions to address the opioid crisis in our state while elevating Georgia as a leader in advancing patient-centered approaches to treating addiction. Hosted at WellStar Health System’s Development Center in Marietta, medical professionals and treatment experts presented findings on local, state and national responses to combat threats of opioid epidemic.

“We have made progress increasing access to lifesaving treatments for overdoses – and will continue working to make these essential medical supplies more affordable,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “But for every overdose, there are many more people struggling with addiction. We must address the underlying issues behind addiction, behavioral health problems, treatment, and recovery so that we can stop the exponentially increasing rate of overdoses – and defeat the opioid epidemic.”

Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force will hold its next meeting October 30th in Rome.

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