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Georgia State Partners With Local Governments to Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

The School of Public Health at Georgia State University is working with three counties in Georgia utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework to address prescription drug abuse among youth in those communities.

Sheryl Strasser SPH
[Photo: Dr. Sheryl Strasser]

Dr. Sheryl Strasser, an associate professor of Health Promotion and Behavior, is leading the project as part of a three-year grant from the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration. The selected counties – Early, Catoosa, and Gwinnett – reflect the range of rural, suburban and urban communities wrestling with ways to address the problem. Dr.Strasser said the Georgia project focuses on preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse among 12- to 25-year-olds, who are becoming increasingly vulnerable.

“The program is based on the premise that changes at the community level will, over time, lead to measurable changes at the state level,” Dr. Strasser said.

The selection of the counties was based on a comprehensive 2012 study conducted by Strasser, titled “The State of Prescription Drug Use in Georgia: A Needs Assessment.” That study was commissioned by The Council of Alcohol and Drugs.

The three selected counties represent a range of geographically diverse settings that create a challenge for prescription drug abuse prevention work:

To learn more about Dr. Strasser’s work, go to: