Drug makers spend thousands on Georgia lawmakers, lobbying


ATLANTA (AP) – Makers of prescription painkillers and related advocacy groups have given more than $1.2 million to Georgia state lawmakers and officials and hired an average of 41 lobbyists each year since 2006.

A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that the organizations spent $880 million nationwide to help kill or weaken measures aimed at prescription opioids.

The organizations’ campaign contributions in Georgia rank eighth in the nation using a ratio of all campaign contributions in each state.

The news organizations also found that a 2015 bill in Georgia contained nearly identical language to 20 other proposals nationally requiring coverage of abuse-deterrent formulations of opioids, a move that would benefit pharmaceutical companies. The Georgia bill never received a hearing or a legislative vote.

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