The Georgia Department of Health indicated that the number of prescriptions for opioids written in the state has fallen. Currently, as of 2019, the state may have some of the lowest rates of painkiller misuse in the country at 3.7%. The state of Hawaii has the lowest number of residents who misuse medication with 3.4% of the population per the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by SAMHSA. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that was enacted in 2017 has provided the medical community and its prescribers tools to help prevent addiction. The program creates an electronic database used to help monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.
This essentially helped eliminate duplicative prescribing or overprescribing of prescription narcotics. The law requires doctors and dentists to check the database with information about a patient's prescription history. For example, this will include how often they have been prescribed painkillers. Also, throughout the state, there has been significant publicity about the dangers of opioids and the expansion of treatment programs. From 2016 to 2018 the number of prescriptions fell 13%. Between 2017 and 2018 the number of opioid-related overdose deaths dropped by 12%. The state of Georgia has taken significant steps to curb the opioid problem. However, drugs such as heroin have made a resurgence in the state, because of the recent decline in available prescription opioids.