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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.

Community Hospice opens Marietta office

Community Hospice opens Marietta office

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Community Hospice, a division of Community Home Care and Hospice, has opened a new office in Marietta.

The office will serve patients across Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette and Gwinnett Counties.

Community Hospice of Marietta's mission is to provide the best possible care to patients facing life-threatening illnesses. Care will be delivered by a qualified team of doctors, professional nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

"We are excited about expanding our service area to include the state of Georgia," said Sandy Roberson, president and CEO of Community Home Care and Hospice.

Cobb named fifth healthiest county in Georgia

Cobb named fifth healthiest county in Georgia

COBB COUNTY, Ga.

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

ATLANTA -- According to some studies, one in three Georgia children are obese.

Now, local farmers have teamed up with a number of school districts to help fight this battle and encourage healthy eating among the next generation.

On Wednesday, Mar. 30, members of Georgia's Farm to School program will be recognized at the Capitol for this special partnership that benefits so many people.

The national Farm to School program connects schools with local farms in order to ensure that healthy meals are served in school cafeterias and farms receive the support they need and deserve.

Currently, there are 360 Georgia schools and six full systems integrating farm to school programs.

Students and farmers alike will be at the Capitol on Mar. 30 from 12 noon until 1 p.m.

Marietta-based Charity Run Looking For Participants

Marietta-based Charity Run Looking For Participants

MARIETTA, GA -- Lace up those running shoes. Atlanta's newest 5K Walk & Run is looking for participants!

Whether you're young or old, beginner or expert, or even a canine, organizers of the Knockout Cancer 5K are looking for participants. On April 2nd, the 3.1 mile run & walk will circle Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.

"The event will bring the community together for a common goal, to raise money for charity.