February 6, 2017
ATLANTA, Ga. — Attorney General Chris Carr announced at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Ga., the winners of the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video contest aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse among teens. The winning video was produced by Dunwoody High School student Peter Vuong. The runner-up was produced by Northview High School students Vivek Ramchandani and Chris Wei. The people’s choice award winner was produced by Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts student Niara Thompson.
“The Office of the Attorney General wants to thank all of those who submitted entries in the We’re Not Gonna Take It video contest,” said Attorney General Carr. “Each video expertly described the atrocities that accompany prescription drug abuse, mentally and physically. We understand the judges had a difficult task in choosing a winner, and we want to congratulate the students of Dunwoody High School for their dedication and creativity in bringing awareness to this modern day plague.”
This is the third year of the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video contest. Students were challenged to produce a 30-second video encouraging their peers to live a healthy lifestyle by rejecting prescription drug abuse.
Through a partnership with the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) and the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA), Peter Vuong’s winning video will be aired on television stations across the State of Georgia.
“HDA is excited to once again support the Attorney General’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ video contest, and we applaud all of the high school students across Georgia that committed their time, energy and creativity to make this initiative such a huge success,” said HDA President and CEO John M. Gray. “The winning video communicates a powerful peer-to-peer message about the risks of prescription drug abuse and the importance of embracing a healthy lifestyle. HDA is proud to help ensure that these messages are shared broadly throughout the state.”
“The Georgia Association of Broadcasters is thrilled to be a part of this project,” said Luke Story, GAB Manager of Communications and Operations. “It was so great to see these videos from the contest, and the amazing work our talented high school students produced for a 30 second Public Service Announcement. The message ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’ is so important to our students, and the GAB is excited to be the media partner to distribute it to our TV stations throughout Georgia!”
The winning video and the runner-up were chosen by a panel of judges made up of television reporters around the state. The people’s choice award winner was determined by the video which received the most “likes” on the contest Facebook page. Over 200 videos were entered in the third annual contest.
Prizes, for the winner, runner-up and people’s choice award winner, were provided by the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation (MAG Foundation) and the Georgia Pharmacy Foundation.
“The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation applauds Attorney General Carr and every student who participated in this video contest for addressing Georgia’s prescription drug abuse epidemic,” said MAG Foundation President Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D. “This effort is fully aligned with the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse – which reminds people that they should only take their medicine as its prescribed, they shouldn’t share their medicine, they should store their medicine in a safe and secure place, and they should properly dispose of any unused medicine.”
“The Georgia Pharmacy Foundation and the Georgia Pharmacy Association congratulate all of the students who participated in the video contest and commend Attorney General Sam Olens for his commitment to combat prescription drug abuse in the state of Georgia,” said Greg Reybold of the Association. “This program brings much needed attention to the issue of prescription drug abuse while educating and engaging Georgia's youth in the process. The Georgia Pharmacy Foundation and Georgia Pharmacy Association are honored to have been a part of such an important endeavor.”
Safe storage and secure disposal of prescription drugs is critical to reining in the drug abuse epidemic. A federal government survey revealed that more than 70 percent of Americans who abuse prescription pain medications get them from friends or family members.
The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) represents primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. Since 1876, HDA has helped members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. The HDA Research Foundation, HDA’s non-profit charitable foundation, serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on priority healthcare supply chain issues.