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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

Prescription drug take-back day is Apr. 30

DALLAS, Ga. -- Every day, an estimated 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office and the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force have partnered to participate in the second annual nationwide drug "take-back" initiative to help prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

"Prescription drug abuse is a rapidly growing drug problem, and this take-back event is an invaluable tool that we can use to reduce the threat of drug abuse that these prescription drugs pose," said Jimmy Tarvin, assistant special agent in charge at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. "The partnership of local agencies is key in our efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse."

The take-back will be on Saturday, Apr. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Atlanta Bojangles' raise over $20,000 for MDA

Atlanta Bojangles' raise over $20,000 for MDA

HIRAM, Ga. -- Bojangles' recently announced that it raised a record-breaking amount of money during its 10th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser.

The restaurant chain received over $300,000 from customers, which will send 375 children to MDA Summer Camp this year.

"[Muscular Dystrophy Association] is very proud to have Bojangles' as a valued partner," said Theresa Miller, MDA regional coordinator.

Paulding named 28th healthiest county in Georgia

Paulding named 28th healthiest county in Georgia

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga.

Rabies Warning in Paulding County: Get Your Shot!

Rabies Warning in Paulding County: Get Your Shot!

DALLAS, GA -- Environmental health and animal control officials in Paulding County have a warning for residents of the western portion of the county.

A rabies-positive raccoon was found near Tanner Farm Road in Rockmart. Officials have confirmed that the raccoon had contact with a pet dog, which may have to be put to sleep.

Dog and cat owners are advised to ensure their pets' rabies vaccinations are up-to-date and to avoid raccoons and other wild animals that are acting strange.

Paulding County Animal Control will hold a rabies clinic on Saturday, Mar. 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Paulding Senior Center (54 Industrial Way North, Dallas, 30132). Rabies shots will be offered for $8 (cash only). Dogs must be on a leash; cats should be in a carrier.

For more information, call Paulding County Animal Control at 770-445-1511 or Paulding County Public Health's environmental health office at 770-443-7877.