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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.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Sen. Chambliss receives award from National Taxpayers Union

Sen. Chambliss receives award from National Taxpayers Union

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) is the recipient of the National Taxpayers Union's 2010 Taxpayers' Friend Award.

"I am humbled to receive this award," Chambliss said. "I have always worked to protect taxpayers' interests and will continue to do so."

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) gives the award through its NTU Rates Congress program, which is designed to calculate a member's voting record of fiscal responsibility by weighing every vote that has a significant impact on tax, fiscal, trade and regulatory policy.

Sen. Chambliss scored 97 percent on the group's rating scale.

"2010 saw some of the most polarizing fiscal issues in the history of Congress, and NTU's rating depicted the trend in stark detail," said NTU president Duane Parde.

Georgia mayors ride to the Capitol

Georgia mayors ride to the Capitol

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, along with other mayors from Metro Atlanta, will take to the streets on Tuesday, Mar. 22 in the sixth annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol event.

The police-escorted 21-mile ride will lead cyclists from Roswell City Hall to the Capitol.

Johnny Isakson to Speak at Cobb Chamber Breakfast

Johnny Isakson to Speak at Cobb Chamber Breakfast

ATLANTA -- The Cobb Chamber of Commerce's First Monday Breakfast has been moved from Jan. 10 to Jan. 24 due to last week's inclement weather.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will be the guest speaker at the breakfast, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest (200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, 30339).

Senator Isakson will give updates from Washington and his perspective on key national issues and the current political climate. The event is sponsored by Georgia Power Company.

Anyone who registered for the Jan. 10 breakfast is automatically registered for the one on Jan. 24. To cancel a reservation or pass it along to someone else, contact Amy Goggins either via email or at 770-859-2334 no later than noon on Tuesday, Jan.