Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
October 18, 2007
Albany -- Celia Taylor has worked as a pharmacist for the past seven years and enjoys helping patients find relief. But she has also seen a rise in people using those same drugs for harm.
"The most popular, lately that we have seen are the pain medicines like the hydrocodones, vicodin, are common and xanax," said Taylor.
A problem that is not just limited to teens and young adults. "It's young teens, middle age and even the elderly have been on the rise. You would be surprised how wide spread it is," said Taylor.
"It's anybody and everybody; all parts of society are doing it. And its something that we have to get a grasp on," said Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Commander, Major Derrell Smith.
Drug agents say part of the problem is how accessible prescribed drugs have become. "They're actually stealing prescription pads and writing their own prescriptions. We ask all our doctors if they are missing pads to please let us know," said Commander Smith.
But checks and balances are in place at most pharmacies to help prevent this from happening. "We do try to watch trends. If they are coming often, if the amount is questionable than we try to talk to the doctor to verify if it is a legitimate prescription," said Taylor.
Prescription abuse may give you a quick high, but the side effects can last a lifetime. "You don't know how you may react to it. The dose may not be correct for you. Everything is prescribed individually," said Taylor.
And it is those individuals abusing prescription drugs who make it harder for people who really need them to get their medicine.
Disposing of prescription drugs correctly will help curb drug abuse. You should never throw drugs out in there original container. It's best to crush old pills and mix it in with your regular trash.