Drug Safety


Drug safety can be defined in many ways.  

A lab specialist may define drug safety as the benefit-risk assessment of new medications.

A community health educator may define drug safety as safe storage and disposal of over-the-counter or prescription drugs.

A medical doctor may define drug safety as the proper use of prescription medications.

A substance abuse counselor may define drug safety as avoiding the dependency on drugs. 

All these definitions of drug safety have a common goal – keeping all people, of all ages, safe from potential adverse effects of over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or illicit substances.

In the state, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths increased by 245% from 2010-2017. In recent years, Georgia also experienced an increase in heroin and fentanyl-involved overdose deaths1.

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Drug Safety Task Force

The IPRCE Drug Safety Task Force has a central focus on ending the opioid epidemic in Georgia.

The task force objectives are to identify data sources and analyses that provide accurate information on drug-related injury and death in Georgia and develop an action plan with the input of our community partners and stakeholders.

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Task Force Impact


Members of the IPRCE Drug Safety Task Force contributed to the Georgia Department of Health Multi-Stakeholder Opioid and Substance Use Response Plan

View Opioid Report (PDF)

Alaina Steck, MD - Assistant Professor, Emory Department of Emergency Medicine

Michael Crooks, PharmD - Pharmacist

Britni OverallEducation Development SupervisorGeorgia Poison Center
NameRoleOrganization
Bianca AndersonOpioid Program EvaluatorGeorgia Department of Public Health
Bruce JeffriesDeputy DirectorGeorgia Department of Public Health
Ashish AdvaniFounderInpharmD
Maneesha Agarwal Assistant ProfessorEmory School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Atlanta
Rana BayaklyChief EpidemiologistGeorgia Department of Public Health
Larry BradenOwnerLacey Drug
Lawrence BryantOpioid and Substance Use Disorders SpecialistCapella University
Jennifer BurkholderDeputy Chief NurseGeorgia Department of Public Health
Hannah CooperAssociate ProfessorEmory Rollins School of Public Health
Jessica DavisDirector of Federal AffairsEmory University Government and Community Affairs
Laura EdisonEpidemiologistGeorgia Department of Public Health /CDC
Andy GishOverdose Prevention EducatorGeorgia Overdose Prevention
Stephanie GitukuiPublic Health AnalystHIDTA, Georgia Department of Public Health
Nicholas HeaghneyOpioids Compliance SpecialistGeorgia Department of Public Health
Jennifer HoganDisaster Preparedness CoordinatorGeorgia Division of Aging Services
Monica NandanDirector of Strategic Partnerships and Social ImpactWellStar College of Health and Human Services 
Mahwish JavedProgram CoordinatorSafe Kids Georgia
Jayani JayawardhanaAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Georgia, Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy
Jerry KalangaraAssistant ProfessorEmory School of Medicine
Jim LangfordExecutive DirectorGeorgia Prevention Project
Susannah Lara-GrestyStudentEmory University
George LeachAssistant ProfessorEmory School of Medicine
Brigitte ManteuffelSenior Research AssociateGeorgia Health Policy Center
Lori MurphyDirector of DevelopmentMedical Association of Georgia Foundation
Russ NixOpioid Crisis Response ManagerGeorgia Department of Public Health
Missy OwenExecutive DirectorDavis Direction Foundation
Sheila PierceDirectorPrescription Drug Management Program, Georgia Department Public Health
Mara SchenkerAssistant Professor of Orthopaedic SurgeryEmory School of Medicine
Paul SealeFamily Medicine PhysicianNavicentHealth
Harold SimonVice Chair PediatricsChildren’s Hospital of Atlanta
Sheryl StrasserAssociate ProfessorGeorgia State University School of Public Health
Cameron TaylorVice President, Government and Community AffairsEmory University Government and Community Affairs
Hillary ThrowerAssistant Director of State AffairsEmory University Government and Community Affairs
Irene WalkerEpidemiologistGeorgia Department of Public Health
Martha WetzelMSPH CandidateEmory Rollins School of Public Health
Jennifer Whitfield,Assistant US AttorneyUS Department of Justice
Courtney YarbroughAssistant ProfessorEmory Rollins School of Public Health
Jon ZibbellHealth ScientistCenters for Disease Control and Prevention