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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.

Kaiser Permanente to offer free skin cancer screenings

Kaiser Permanente to offer free skin cancer screenings

ATLANTA -- If the recent warm weather has you spending more time outdoors, don't forget to wear sunscreen.

Sun exposure remains the leading cause of skin cancer, which can often be cured if detected and treated early.

Kaiser Permanente is offering free skin cancer screenings at two locations on Wednesday, May 18:

Crescent Medical Center
(200 Crescent Center Parkway, Tucker, 30084)

Cumberland Medical Center
(2525 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta, 30339)

The screenings will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

 

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.

First on Your Wedding Checklist Should be Maintaining Good Health

First on Your Wedding Checklist Should be Maintaining Good Health

Imagining what your wedding day will be like? Well, choosing a romantic wedding venue, beautiful gown, and stylish bridesmaids dresses are great, but what about having the physical stamina to withstand the stress of juggling all the planning, budget issues, and potential family drama that may come along with your big day? Oh, and did I mention work, too? Yes, to help you endure such challenges, take particular great care of your body.

To get some suggestions on how to do that, I talked with Goodness Grocery store co-owner Sue Bain. Goodness Grocery is a natural foods and organic store located in the West Village Center on Atlanta Road in Smyrna.

Sue recommends that, in addition to exercise, we brides detox our bodies, and if you’re like me, you also want to shed a few extra pounds before your wedding day.

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.