The City of Grovetown will now require only licensed physicians to give tattoos and body piercings. This decision was made after an analysis proving their current ordinance was outdated. WJBF News Channel 6's Courtney Elledge has the story.
As the needle runs deeper and deeper, some may never think of the possible health risks associated with tattoos or piercing's. The City of Grovetown has, and tonight Mayor George James and his council will be passing Georgia ordinance 221, an ordinance that would only allow licensed physicians to give tattoos and piercings. This comes after city Lawyer Brandon Fleming did an analysis and found The city of Grovetown's health ordinance was outdated.
George James Mayor of Grovetown says, "One of them is the ordinance that the council decided to go with, that is where a physician could do tattooing, they felt like that was the most safest way of doing it for someone."
One local registered nurse and epidemiology director agrees that having a physician perform the art would be the safest solution. She says you never truly know who or what is behind the needle, or in the dyes that enter your body.
Rebecca Walker Director of Georgia Regents Medical Center's Epidemiology Unit says, "They would understand the allergic reactions and how to treat it, whether it could be local or systemic and if gets systemic, or life threatening, you would be in safer hands with a physician."
Grovetown's ordinance is in affect April 15, 2013.
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