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June 20, 2007

Albany -- Dougherty County  Drug Commander Darel Smith says although cocaine and marijuana are still the main drugs being abused in Dougherty County, many people are turning to prescription drugs to get high.

He says documented cases of pharmacies and doctors providing drugs to patients illegally is part of the problem, but that parents need to keep an eye on their kids and medicine cabinets, because many teens are popping their parents' pills.  

"Widespread problem, probably one of our most rapidly increasing abuses," said Smith.       

Smith also says the way drugs are coming into Albany is also changing. In the past, drugs were brought into the area from Florida.  

Now shipments from Texas are received in Atlanta and then filter into the South.

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