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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomas County Narcotics arrested seven suspects on three different cases over the last week. Two were charged with meth possession, four for possession of marijuana, and one for cocaine possession, all with intent to distribute. "A lot of them tell us when they get back out it's hard for them to find a job because they are convicted of drug offenses so they can't find a job so they go back to selling," said Thomas County Narcotics Commander Kevin Lee.

On Monday, Thomas County Narcotics agents stopped Michael Whigham and Timothy Palmer in Ochlocknee after receiving a tip. Agents found meth between the seats of Whigham's truck. Whigham was on probation and Palmer was on parole. "Of course our jails are overcrowded so sometimes when they get sent to prison they're released early," said Lee.

Sintel young, Robert Murray, Joshua Crumby, and Bradford Hill were stopped late Friday afternoon at the intersection of Pinetree and Glenwood. Agents found 42 grams of pot as well as $1,100 in cash.

Drug abuse specialists say it's up to parents to educate their children. "You want to talk with your children early and educate them on what different substances are, what they can do to the brain, and how they can disrupt certainly their future goals in life," said Dr. Lisa Watson.

Watson says it's never too late to ask for help. "Whether they need detox from a substance if they're physically dependent on that substance or if they need more social support such as AA or an addiction program on an outpatient basis."

Watson says one of the hardest things is getting someone to admit they have a problem. "Even if someone says my family put me here, once they might get into a program they develop more insight and awareness to their own needs and they're grateful for that treatment."

Watson says when you get to the point where your addiction is not just hurting you, but everyone around you, it's time to ask for help. Archbold Northside in Thomasville offers free drug evaluations 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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