Monday, May 20 2013 6:57 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:57:18 GMT
It will soon be more expensive to dump garbage at the Dougherty county landfill. County Commissioners unanimously approved a 2.9% increase in landfill tipping fees Monday. The Solid Waste director saidMore >>
It will soon be more expensive to dump garbage at the Dougherty county landfill. County Commissioners unanimously approved a 2.9% increase in landfill tipping fees Monday. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:47 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:47:56 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners during Monday's meeting
A summer program for kids won't get any money from Dougherty County this year. Monday, County Commissioners denied a request for $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program. The city also denied aMore >>
A summer program for kids won't get any money from Dougherty County this year. Monday, County Commissioners denied a request for $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program. The city also denied a request from the group.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:45:38 GMT
Many local governments in South Georgia begin their meetings with prayer. That practice is now being examined by the Supreme Court after an appeals court found that a New York town violated the constitution.More >>
Many local governments in South Georgia begin their meetings with prayer. That practice is now being examined by the Supreme Court after an appeals court found that a New York town violated the constitution. Leaders in our area say they'll continue with their traditions until they're instructed otherwise.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:42:02 GMT
An Early County store owner may be alive tonight because of a jammed gun. Two gunmen rushed into the Petro convenience store in Damascus last night at closing time. They beat up the owner and tried toMore >>
An Early County store owner may be alive tonight because of a jammed gun. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:26:22 GMT
Some everyday heroes are being honored for their lifesaving work. Dougherty County Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 19-25 as Emergency Medical Services week Monday. It's a small way to thank theMore >>
Some everyday heroes are being honored for their lifesaving work. Dougherty County Commissioners proclaimed the week of May 19th through the 25th as Emergency Medical Services week. More >>
May 8, 2003
Albany-- It's a dangerous drug, but Methamphetamine is more popular than ever. But, how addictive is it, and why is it so common here in southwest Georgia? Newscenter 10's
The end product of what a man made is his amateur drug video ruined a Southwest Georgia woman's life.
“That drug will make you love it, more than your child, more than your family…” To protect her identity, we'll call her Rebecca. “I just got bored with pot one day and decided I wanted something different.”
So Rebecca turned to Methamphetamine. Snorting one to two lines a day. “I progressed into smoking and it just got worse it got out of hand.”
Meth, also called crank, ended up to be an expensive habit. “Usually $50.00 would get you started, but I had a thousand dollar habit a week.”
Like most users, she didn't have enough money to support the habit. “I was caught shoplifting boxes of Sudafed from a buisness.” Nasal decongestants are key ingredients to making meth; the pills contain pseudoephedrine.
Crushed pills of Sudafed are mixed into the dangerous and highly flammable concoction.
“You hardly ever think of the illegal part of it, just the legal part where you can help patients,” said Pharmacist Joe McGalliard.
McGalliard is a pharmacist at Thrift Center in Camilla. He looks out for Sudafed thieves. Some pharmacies limit customers. “It comes in a box of 24, if anybody needs one box one day and one box the next, they are definetly not taking it correctly or they are a suspect.”
Meth is becoming more popular. A rolling meth lab was found inside a tractor trailor in Lowndes County. Another lab found in the back of a car on the Dougherty-Lee County line. Another one was found in a Clinch County home.
The popularity is partly because household items are used to cook meth. Items like duct tape, lithium batteries, Iodine, coffee filters, starter fluid and camping fuel.
Anhydrous Ammonia is another key ingredient. Farm companies use the chemical to make fertilizer. It's hazardous to inhale and can be deadly. Anhydrous Ammonia thieves are also on the rise.
“It gives you this overpowering sense that you can do anything,” says Rebecca. But the high wears you're body out, then you want another hit to keep going. “I stayed up for 18 days straight. It will pretty much take your soul and get a total disregard for society.”
Jail time has forced Rebecca to think about her life, or what she had. “It hurts a lot, I have a lot of guilt.” The drug made Rebecca withdraw from her family and her 9-year-old son. “I have pretty much shamed and embarrassed him because of it, because of him knowing I've been to jail.”
Rebecca has been clean for almost a year since she was locked up. Part of her sentence is to go into rehab. The man in our report who videotaped himself making meth, plead guilty, and will serve six years in jail.
Several GBI agents have had serious, long term injuries as a result of walking into a methamphetamine lab without protective gear. Now, Georgia lawmakers are taking a stand against methamphetamine production.
The Senate and House approved to make it a felony offense to possess or transport anhydrous ammonia without a license. Now the bill heads to the governor for his signature.