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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
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The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening. Travelers will begin using the new facility at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport two weeks fromMore >>
The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
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A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:59:55 GMT
Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
November 16, 2007
Albany- Criminal charges could come as early as Monday in the death of a 21-year-old Lee County College Student.
Jarrod Wills was found dead in his Fussell Road home Saturday morning. His friends told police he took Xanax and drank alcohol. In fact, the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit says prescription drug abuse among teens in south Georgia has tripled in the last several years.
On the streets, teens call them footballs or bars, but this has nothing to do with the big game. It's not a game at all, it's prescription drug abuse and the drug is Xanax. The number of south Georgia teens abusing prescription drugs has tripled in the last two years.
"If you go in any house in the United States you're going to find some sort of prescription medication whether it's antibiotics or pain pills or something given for hypertension, whatever," said Col. Duane Sapp, Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit says teens have "Pharm parties," where a bowl of prescription pills is available to anyone. That's dangerous enough, but when these drugs are mixed with alcohol, it can be deadly.
"It's not like one and one is two, it's like one and one is twelve," said Sapp.
"They can slow breathing they can slow your heart rate and alcohol is also an CNS (central nervous system) depressant so combining the effects of the two produces and additive affect, it can be very dangerous," said Ashley Kunkle, U-Save-It Pharmacist.
It's what the GBI has said happened in Jarrod Wills' case. They're still waiting on toxicology reports. Pharmacists say, it's why you should never take a prescription drug not prescribed to you, a dosage that's fine for one may not be fine for another.
"A lot of people build up a tolerance to these drugs and if you do not have a tolerance to that drug and you take it it may cause potential harm to you that it wouldn't cause someone else that had been taking it for a long time," said Kunkle.
Unfortunately, drug agents say they don't know where teens are getting their hands on these drugs. They say there's too much to be prescription fraud. They're either getting it over the Internet, on the streets, or possibly from your home. That's why they're cautioning parents to keep prescriptions locked up.
Proper disposal of remaining un-used prescriptions can help curb drug abuse. ADDU says, you should crush old pills and mix them with your regular trash.