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A wise person once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

At Dental Assisting 101, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to enjoy a career doing what they love. Unfortunately, many men and women in Georgia settle for soulless, thankless jobs with no upward mobility. If you are stuck in a job just to pay the bills, your opportunity to make a change and build a better life is here.

Unlike traditional colleges, we offer our students an expedited pathway to success through a hands-on educational approach where students learn by doing. One of the best ways to secure your future and set yourself up for success is to learn from the best. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you enroll in our dental assisting school in Marietta, GA. We pride ourselves on having one of the most effective dental assisting courses in the state, where most students find a position within 60 days of graduation.

When it comes to decisions, choosing a new career path is one of the most important of your life. It’s not an easy choice, and it can be even harder to juggle your current responsibilities while you study and attend class. That is why we offer both in-person and online course structures, focusing on teaching practical skills that you will use every day as a dental assistant. When you choose Assisting 101, you can rest easy knowing you won’t spend valuable time trying to discern complicated lectures or irrelevant tasks. Instead, you will learn crucial skills that will set you apart from your peers and help you begin a new life-changing career in the dental industry.

When you enroll in our dental assisting school, you will reap the benefits of:

  • Flexible schedules for working adults and first-time students
  • Practical training that will teach you the skills necessary to flourish as a dental assistant
  • Knowledgeable dental faculty who want you to succeed
  • Access to your instructor 24-hours a day, 7-days a week
  • Affordable tuition with low payment plan opportunities
  • In-depth career prep to get you ready for a job in the dental industry
  • Resume help and job interview coaching

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Choosing Your Dental Assisting Course In Marietta, GA

At Assisting 101, students have their choice of two unique dental assisting programs in Marietta. Both programs consist of 78 hours of lecture and 48 hours of in-depth, hands-on training at one of the best dental offices in metro Atlanta. Both programs allow students to build a career in dentistry with the help of real dentists and dental assistants.

STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE FROM TWO DIFFERENT COURSE PROGRAMS: ON-SITE AND ONLINE.

Online Dental Assistant Course

Our online program is ideal for those students that like to complete training at their own pace. If you are an eager student willing to study every day and want to complete this program in as little as one month, you can do so. However, if you would like to take more time to manage other life responsibilities, you have the choice of completing this course in less than six months.

When you choose our online dental assisting course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Begin classes at any time. With Assisting 101’s online course structure, students may begin learning as soon as their registration is approved.
  • Obtain a customized welcome kit that includes your textbooks, studying materials, alginate impression kits, dentition models, x-ray kit, pouring model package, and scrubs. This way, you can experience hands-on learning from the comfort of your home.
  • Take 10 academic sessions online, totaling 78 hours of lecture time and 30 hours of hands-on training seminars.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of dental assisting, through educational lectures. These lectures contain demonstration videos, slide shows with instructor voice-overs, and rich illustrations to ensure you retain crucial skills and information.
  • Complete the course as quickly as you would like. Dedicated, hardworking students can finish our online dental assisting course in Marietta, GA, within a month!
  • Use our externship placement services to help you discover local dental offices in need of interns to help you fulfill our course competencies. While not mandatory for graduation, an externship will help you better prepare for a long career in dentistry. An externship can also be an incredible way to network with industry professionals and work at an office that may hire you down the road.
  • Engage with your instructor, who will be with you every step of the way while you carve your path to a new, rewarding career.

On-Site Dental Assistant Course

Our on-site dental assisting program is perfect for students who do not have to travel long distances to our facility or need to “rush” to complete the course.

THIS PROGRAM IS MORE IN LINE WITH A TRADITIONAL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND GIVES STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

  • Immerse yourself in a traditional 10-week-long program consisting of training and in-office lectures each Saturday from 9AM until 5PM. On-site classes are conducted in an intimate teaching environment to ensure each student gets the attention they need and deserve.
  • Learn from successful dental professionals in our state-of-the-art dental assisting school in Marietta, GA. Because this program is only offered four times a year, class space is very limited.
  • Get a basic understanding of common dental assisting techniques through lectures in the morning. You will put those techniques to use in our operatories in the afternoon, where you will practice real-world dental assistant duties.
  • Attend an orientation meeting, where you will receive your textbooks, studying materials, scrubs, and more.
  • Benefit from 48 hours of shadowing by our fully trained technicians and dental professionals. While you are being shadowed, your instructor will walk you through important procedures and teach you crucial skills needed for a fulfilling career as a dental assistant.
  • Build friendships and lifelong relationships with like-minded students who also want to begin a career in the dental industry.

Why Choose A Career In The Dental Industry?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow 11% over the next 10 years – faster than the average job growth of many other industries. New and ongoing evidence suggests an important link between a person’s overall health and their oral health. Because of this, demand for dental-related services is expected to stay strong for years to come. Dental offices in Georgia and other states must meet this projected demand. As such, the need for trained dental assistants will continue to grow.

As Baby Boomers grow older and as more men and women practice good oral hygiene, the need to treat and maintain one’s teeth will lead to an increased need for quality dental care. Over the next decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that nearly 24,000 new dental assisting jobs will be created. That means the future is bright for any student who has been educated through our dental assisting courses in Marietta.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT DENTAL ASSISTANT CAREERS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS

  • Rated #15 Out of 100 Best Health Care Support Jobs According to U.S News and World Report
  • Rated #84 Out of Best 100 Jobs in All of the United States
  • Average Salary: $40,080
  • Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
  • Number of Jobs: 23,400

What Does A Dental Assistant Do?

As a professional dental assistant, you will be tasked with managing a wide range of administrative and clinical responsibilities at a dental office. Dental assistants play a crucial role in the day-to-day workflow involved in a dental practice. They work alongside hygienists and dentists to provide patients with the highest quality oral care in the state of Georgia.

Common dental assistant job duties may include:

  • Assisting in the lab
  • Sterilizing dental equipment and tools
  • Ordering and organizing supplies for their dental office
  • Help perform x-rays
  • Maintain and organize patient dental records
  • Perform coronal polishing for patients
  • Provide fluoride treatments for patients
  • Help educate patients about how to maintain their oral health
  • Help educate patients about best practices relating to proper oral hygiene
  • Providing assistance to dentists and hygienists during cleanings
  • Greet patients and make them feel comfortable
  • Collect important info from new and existing patients
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Why Attend a Dental Assisting School In Marietta, GA?

They say the best way to predict the future is to create it, and that is exactly what you will be doing when you enroll at Assisting 101. We believe in getting our students ready for a lifelong career, not just a job that pays the bills. When you attend our award-winning dental assisting school, you are investing in a future rich with opportunity.

Unlike other workers who choose not to attend school for legitimate training, our students enjoy a quick start in a vibrant job market where financial and personal growth are common. When you become a dental assistant after graduation, you will have confidence knowing you are well-prepared for a life-changing career.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS WHY OUR STUDENTS SAY THEY CHOOSE TO ATTEND OUR DENTAL ASSISTING SCHOOL:

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WORK IN AN EVER-GROWING INDUSTRY

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that job growth for dental assistants is growing at a faster rate than most other industries. This bodes well for our students, who will have job security as they navigate the workforce. In a time where many jobs are being replaced by robotics and other technological advances, the skills that you learn at Assisting 101 can help you for the rest of your life.

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FULFILLING BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND WORK

The work/life balance in the U.S is a problem. Spending every waking hour at the office instead of home with family can be draining at best and depressing at worst. Unlike other professionals, dental assistants typically enjoy normal working hours during the business week. That means they have more free time to dedicate to their children and families.

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ABILITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

When you are a dental assistant, you plan a crucial role in your dental office. But as an ambassador of the profession, you also help educate patients about the benefits of good oral hygiene. Given the ties between heart health and oral health, you are making more of a difference than you might realize.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

When students graduate from Assisting 101 and accept a job as a dental assistant, many choose to make it their lifelong career. For others, the role of dental assistant is just the beginning – a steppingstone to a role with more responsibility. After only a few years as a dental assistant in Marietta, the chance to become a manager or supervisor will become much more likely. The sky is the limit!

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Thumbs Off: GA Restaurateur Aims To Reduce Germs In Restaurants

Christian Valvo created silicone thumb covers to prevent servers' thumbs from touching food when carrying plates to the table.MARIETTA, GA — Christian Valvo, a longtime Atlanta area restaurateur, was at a barbecue restaurant in Georgia several years ago when he had the "aha!" moment for his business, called Thumbs Off.As the server delivered his food, the plate and food had shifted and his thumb was directly in the middle of Valvo's coleslaw. He watched it slide out as he placed the plate down on the table in ...

Christian Valvo created silicone thumb covers to prevent servers' thumbs from touching food when carrying plates to the table.

MARIETTA, GA — Christian Valvo, a longtime Atlanta area restaurateur, was at a barbecue restaurant in Georgia several years ago when he had the "aha!" moment for his business, called Thumbs Off.

As the server delivered his food, the plate and food had shifted and his thumb was directly in the middle of Valvo's coleslaw. He watched it slide out as he placed the plate down on the table in front of him.

"Well, it's a good thing I don't like coleslaw," Valvo said to the server, he told Patch. The server apologized, but Valvo — who's worked in restaurants since he was 16 years old and has opened multiple restaurants, including Paisano's in Acworth — knew he had to do something.

Servers are taught different ways to pick up a plate, but it's virtually impossible to pick it up without putting some of your hand or thumb on the plate. Because of Valvo's experience in the industry, he said he understands the nuances that come with the territory.

"The servers are on their phones, just like we all are. There have been studies that a phone is 10 times dirtier than a restaurant toilet, so you can imagine the germs that are on a phone," Valvo said. "Servers are also picking up food, eating, making salads ... the spread of foodborne germs, it's everywhere in a restaurant. Some people don't notice if a server's thumb is in their food, but it's a problem. It's a problem that's gone on for way too long."

Right after his barbecue lunch, he said he went to Hobby Lobby, bought some modeling clay and started modeling different designs that he thought might work to keep a server's thumb out of the food — and that's how he ended up with the Thumby, a reusable, antimicrobial, dishwasher-safe silicone cover that goes over the pointer finger and thumb to do what the name says: keep their thumbs off.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic changing how thousands of Georgians view cleanliness and dining, finding ways to protect the health and well-being of restaurant customers is even more important than ever for some business owners.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, contaminated equipment and poor personal hygiene are two of the top five contributing factors to food-borne illnesses. And per a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from 2021, only 1 in 4 workers washed their hands after preparing raw animal products or handling dirty equipment, while 1 in 10 workers washed their hands after touching their face or body.

"I've made so many of my friends aware of something they didn't already know. When I talk to them about Thumbs Off and why I created it, they're always like, 'Oh my god, I wish you would have never told me that,'" Valvo said with a laugh.

Many restaurants now have their servers wearing gloves, but Valvo said gloves — unless thrown away and replaced after each action, which would mean hundreds of glove changes per day — just act as another surface for germs to attach to, and are expensive to keep in stock for restaurant owners.

"With the Thumbys, they are dishwasher safe and used one time, then thrown in a bucket with the other dirty Thumbys and run through the dishwasher, then they're ready for another use. They're also cheaper to buy in bulk than gloves," Valvo said.

Thanks to feedback from the restaurants who've started using Thumbys, there's an added perk of them: they withstand up to 700 degrees of heat, so they've also saved servers from burning their hands on hot plates.

They also have a magnet on the back, so they will stick to the expo line for easy grab-and-go use — and Thumbys can be customized with the restaurant logo, website, phone number or server names.

"All the feedback has been positive. I tell people to give us constructive criticism, and we really haven't gotten it. We're just excited to be able to offer this to restaurants as an alternative to gloves," Valvo said.

You might see servers in Georgia using Thumbys at:

Thumbys come in grey, white and blue, but custom colors — as well as logo printing and large orders — can be purchased for an additional cost. A 25-pack costs $89.95 before shipping.

For more information or to order Thumbys, visit thumbsoff.com.

Thanksgiving Store Hours 2021: What's Open, Closed In Marietta

MARIETTA, GA — Need a break from all the Thanksgiving turkey eating, football watching and dish washing? Here's one idea: Gather up the family and head out for an hour or two of holiday shopping at select stores in Marietta.While a majority of stores remain closed on Nov. 25, several will be open for shoppers looking for a moment of respite amid Turkey Day festivities or those hoping to get a jump start on their Black Friday shopping.However, don't expect all of your favorite retailers to be open this year.In June,...

MARIETTA, GA — Need a break from all the Thanksgiving turkey eating, football watching and dish washing? Here's one idea: Gather up the family and head out for an hour or two of holiday shopping at select stores in Marietta.

While a majority of stores remain closed on Nov. 25, several will be open for shoppers looking for a moment of respite amid Turkey Day festivities or those hoping to get a jump start on their Black Friday shopping.

However, don't expect all of your favorite retailers to be open this year.

In June, retail giant Walmart announced it will close all stores on Thanksgiving Day this year, a move the company said is a "thank you" to store employees for their hard work through the coronavirus pandemic.

Walmart's decision follows a similar one by competitor Target, which announced in January that stores would also close this Thanksgiving.

The two giant retailers Walmart and Target are among many companies that have faced criticism for remaining open on Thanksgiving and keeping workers from spending the holiday with their families. In response, a growing number of retailers including Costco, Lowe's and Hobby Lobby have started closing stores on the holiday.

Still, a number of stores remain open on Thanksgiving Day, according to lists compiled by Good Housekeeping, Country Living, NBC Chicago and more. Here are a few — and as always, it's a good idea to check your local store's hours.

Bass Pro Shops: Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Big Lots: Last year, select locations were open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CVS: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving, but hours may vary by location.

Dollar General: Stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Dollar: Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Five Below: Stores will be open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Michaels: Stores open at 6 p.m. to midnight.

Old Navy: Most stores will open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open through Black Friday.

Victoria's Secret: Last year, most stores were open by 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Walgreens: Most stores will be open regular hours. Pharmacy hours may vary by location.

Meanwhile, these stores will be closed on Thanksgiving:

Ashley FurnitureBanana RepublicBarnes & NobleBath & Body WorksBed, Bath and BeyondBest BuyBloomingdale'sBurlington Coat FactoryCalvin KleinCentury 21Crate and BarrelDick's Sporting GoodsForever 21GapHome DepotHomeGoodsHomesenseJCPenneyKohl'sMacy'sMarshallsMenard'sPetcoPetSmartSierraSur La TableTargetTJ MaxxT-MobileWhite House Black MarketWalmart

CATALYST BY WELLSTAR SETS SUSTAINABILITY ABUZZ WITH BEE DOWNTOWN

MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Catalyst by Wellstar, the first-of-its-kind global digital health and innovation center of Wellstar Health System, today announced a partnership with ...

MARIETTA, Ga., Dec. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Catalyst by Wellstar, the first-of-its-kind global digital health and innovation center of Wellstar Health System, today announced a partnership with Bee Downtown to house three beehives at Wellstar Vinings Health Park in Smyrna, Ga., with the first bee colonies moving into the hives this week. Wellstar is the first healthcare system to join Bee Downtown's sustainability movement.

While the Wellstar team is caring for patients inside the Vinings Health Park, Wellstar's bees will be busy outside creating billions of pollination events, positively impacting a three-mile radius around the campus. This initiative will help nurture local honeybees and native bees, which are dying at alarming rates, while contributing to environmental sustainability. Honeybees are the world's number one pollinator and are responsible for pollinating 70 of the world's top 100 food crops.

In addition to the direct positive impact the bees will have on the Vinings Health Park community, Wellstar plans to donate 150 jars of honey produced by the bees to Open Hand Atlanta, the largest community-based providers of home-delivered meals and nutrition services in the Southeastern United States. The honey jars will be included in "market baskets" of groceries donated to community members in the metro Atlanta area who are experiencing food insecurity.

"By offering a home to these beehives, Wellstar is using its physical footprint in Georgia to make a lasting impact on the environment while contributing to the nutrition and health of people in our communities," said Jaimie Clark, director, executive digital strategies and innovation, Wellstar Health System. "Our aim at Catalyst by Wellstar is to incorporate practical and sustainable business practices that have positive, lasting impact as we design the future of healthcare."

Wellstar Health System is planning an Earth Day celebration in April 2022 to showcase the beehives to the community with fun and educational bee-themed activities. Open Hand Atlanta will participate by hosting a cooking demonstration to share how the delicious locally produced honey can be incorporated into nutritious meals.

"Open Hand Atlanta has partnered with Wellstar Health System for the past two years to help bring nutrition to those in need in the metro Atlanta area," said Matthew Pieper, executive director, Open Hand Atlanta. "We are pleased to extend our relationship to include this unique, sweet opportunity!"

In addition to the environmental and community benefits of the partnership with Bee Downtown, Wellstar team members will be able to take part in fun and educational Honey Camps, Hive Tours, Beekeeping classes—and of course, enjoy honey produced by the bees.

"We are so proud to partner with Wellstar, our first healthcare system to join the Bee Downtown Bee Team," said Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, founder and CEO of Bee Downtown. "At Bee Downtown we have the pleasure of working with many of Atlanta's leading companies to bring sustainable agriculture and employee-engagement onto their campuses. It is truly an honor to have Wellstar join this community as well."

Please visit www.wellstar.org/beedowntown to learn more about the Wellstar bees.

About Catalyst by WellstarCatalyst by Wellstar is the first-of-its-kind global digital health and innovation center. Catalyst is partnering with consumers, along with the best and brightest across industries, to re-think, re-imagine, re-whatever-needs-re-ing to create big, bold leaps in delivering better healthcare. Visit Catalyst.wellstar.org to learn more.

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GivingTuesday 2021: Ways To Help Causes In Marietta

While GivingTuesday has gained momentum worldwide, there are plenty of organizations and causes to support here in Marietta.MARIETTA, GA — After a days-long stretch of shopping and checking holiday gifts off your list, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving offers a moment to pause. It's a day set aside for Marietta residents to focus on gratitude and giving back.GivingTuesday, observed this year on Nov. 30, is a global movement to inspire hundreds of millions of people to not only give, but to recognize and celebrate the gener...

While GivingTuesday has gained momentum worldwide, there are plenty of organizations and causes to support here in Marietta.

MARIETTA, GA — After a days-long stretch of shopping and checking holiday gifts off your list, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving offers a moment to pause. It's a day set aside for Marietta residents to focus on gratitude and giving back.

GivingTuesday, observed this year on Nov. 30, is a global movement to inspire hundreds of millions of people to not only give, but to recognize and celebrate the generosity of others.

GivingTuesday and its mission also falls effortlessly in with "30 Days Of Gratitude," a Patch series exploring the intentionality of gratitude and how it enriches our lives.

Living with gratitude goes beyond merely being thankful. It doesn't mean pretending bad things don't happen, but rather savoring the goodness, according to experts on the topic, including Robert Emmons, a University of California - Davis psychology professor who is known as the "father of gratitude."

In short, living with gratitude is "an affirmation of goodness" and a recognition of the good in the world as the source of our individual gifts, benefits and blessings.

Gratitude is not singularly focused, Emmons said in a YouTube video for the Greater Good Science Center, but rather recognizes that the sources of goodness are other people who "gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives."

While GivingTuesday has gained momentum worldwide, there are plenty of organizations and causes to support right here in Marietta.

GAgives, a program of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, established a website for Georgians to search for local nonprofits.

Since launching in 2012, the GAgives movement has helped raise more than $70 million for the benefit of thousands of nonprofits. In 2017, GAgives partnered with the global GivingTuesday movement, giving Georgia Center for Nonprofits the privilege of serving as official organizer for the GivingTuesday campaign in Georgia.

Some of the participating nonprofits in Marietta include:

Donors may also give to fundraisers set up, including:

You can participate in a number of ways on GivingTuesday, according to the movement's website. Here are a few ideas:

Give time: Volunteer virtually from your home. Give your voice to help raise awareness for a local issue, lend your talents to a nonprofit who needs your expertise, or take an hour to call a senior who may be lonely. See more opportunities online.

Give support: GivingTuesday is locally led in more than 240 U.S. communities, networks and coalitions. Find organizations to support through your local GivingTuesday community movement.

Give gratitude: Thank your postal carrier, delivery driver and other essential workers. Write thank-you cards, post on social media, and share your appreciation for the people and organizations who are helping your community.

GivingTuesday was created in New York City in 2012 with a simple goal: to encourage people to do good. Over the past nine years, the idea has grown into the global movement it is today.

The goal of GivingTuesday is "radical generosity" — the concept that the suffering of others should be as intolerable to us as our own suffering, according to the movement's website.

And people are eager to give. Recent data shows that people are highly motivated to give in 2021 and are giving more in response to needs in their community and to causes they care about.

A broad range of people and organizations participate in GivingTuesday, including families, nonprofits, schools, religious organizations, small businesses and corporations.

"Whether it's making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts," GivingTuesday's website reads, "and everyone has something to give."

Cobb Joins $26B Opioid Settlement, Pending State Approval

If approved by state officials, Cobb County could receive millions of dollars to help combat the effects of the opioid epidemic.COBB COUNTY, GA — Cobb County will join thousands of other local governments to get its portion of a $26 billion landmark settlement against companies accused of fueling the opioid epidemic.More than 2,000 lawsuits aiming to hold drugmakers, pharmacies and dist...

If approved by state officials, Cobb County could receive millions of dollars to help combat the effects of the opioid epidemic.

COBB COUNTY, GA — Cobb County will join thousands of other local governments to get its portion of a $26 billion landmark settlement against companies accused of fueling the opioid epidemic.

More than 2,000 lawsuits aiming to hold drugmakers, pharmacies and distributors accountable for the thousands of deaths now attributed to opioid overdoses were consolidated into what is considered a landmark case in an Ohio federal court in 2019 — including a Cobb County lawsuit. Cobb's lawsuit names major pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, Publix and Rite Aid as defendants.

The lawsuits also named Johnson & Johnson, a leading opioid manufacturer, and three of the nation's largest drug distribution companies: McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and Amerisource Bergen Corp, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Earlier this month, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in a 4-1 vote to join the settlement, with Commissioner Keli Gambrill voting against the measure. The settlement money would largely be used to support drug prevention programs and to help opioid addicts, Cobb County Attorney Bill Rowling said.

Find out what's happening in Marietta with free, real-time updates from Patch.

"This is a very serious issue in our community today," BOC Chairwoman Lisa Cupid said. "We have the opportunity to do something with resources or do nothing with resources and watch others do something to combat this epidemic. We are in a position with this settlement to help our own."

Gambrill said the lawsuit did not do anything "to address how the opioids get onto the streets" and worried the county may be obligated to keep supporting programs once the settlement money is depleted, the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

The lawsuits accused the distributors of ignoring the signs that the prescription pain killers were being used illegally, while J&J downplayed the risks of opioid addiction, according to the AJC. The companies denied the allegations, and a settlement was reached in July.

Johnson & Johnson will pay out $5 billion nationwide over the next nine years, with distributors Amerisource Bergen Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp. paying out a total of $21 billion over the next 18 years.

Cities and counties in participating states have until Jan. 2 to accept their portions of the settlement — but Cobb's receipt of the money is contingent on Georgia joining the dozens of other states in the case. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said his office was still negotiating the terms for Georgia's participation, Reuters reported in August.

The state could receive more than $630 million as part of the settlement. Local governments would receive 25 percent, with 75 percent going to the state. Thereafter, 40 percent of the state's allocation must be directed toward regional relief (i.e. areas where the population is over 400,000, including Cobb County). The exact amount Cobb will receive is yet to be determined.

For more information about the nationwide settlement, visit nationalopioidsettlement.com.

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