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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.

Weekend walk to benefit Arthritis Foundation

Weekend walk to benefit Arthritis Foundation

ATLANTA -- Many may not know the arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

About 50 million Americans, including one in four Georgians, are affected by this disease. According to some statistics, 74 percent of Georgians with arthritis are overweight or obese; nearly half of them are limited by it.

On Saturday, May 14, the Arthritis Foundation will hold its Atlanta Arthritis Walk to raise awareness for the disease, research and the best possible treatment: exercise.

Moving is an excellent way to treat arthritis. Exercise can even prevent some types of arthritis from occurring.

Registration for the walk on May 14 will begin at 9 a.m.; pre-registration can be completed online. The walk itself will begin at 10 a.m.

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.

Smoking sections could become slimmer in DeKalb County

Smoking sections could become slimmer in DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. – Are you ready for a smoke-free DeKalb County? If so, you could get your wish. Last month, the DeKalb County Board of Health voted to amend the county’s current Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. If adopted, the suggested revisions would make the county’s businesses, parks and facilities completely smoke-free.

According to the DeKalb County Board of Health, the currently ordinance:

 “Allows smoking at free-standing bars, adult entertainment establishments and outdoor venues, including parks”.

This amendment would ban smoking in those places, playgrounds, entrances and exits to buildings, outdoor entertainment venues and outdoor service lines and would decreases the number of rooms a hotel can designate for smoking from 25 percent to 10 percent.

The amended ordinance has been submitted to the Board of Commissioners for their consideration and adoption.

Operation Pill Drop is Apr. 30

Operation Pill Drop is Apr. 30

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Police Department is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Safe Kids Georgia to conduct Operation Pill Drop again.

This is a prescription drug take-back event where the public can dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands.

Unintentional poisoning from prescription medications is on the rise.