Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:32 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:32:02 GMT
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 >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:31 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:31:27 GMT
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 >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:23:09 GMT
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 >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:03:40 GMT
A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast. Cell phone video captured by boaters shows a boat burningMore >>
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 >>
New numbers from the GBI show drug overdose deaths in Georgia decreased last year, but those numbers also highlight the problem of prescription drug abuse.
Overdose deaths dropped 8.6%. Of the 664 drug overdose deaths in 2011, 512 involved prescription drugs.
Xanax was blamed for the largest number by far, 231. That's followed by pain relievers Oxycodone with 188 and Methadone which caused 158 deaths. Cocaine was the top illicit drug on the list, responsible for 89 deaths.
Pharmacists say it's vital to follow the directions for prescription medication. "A lot of people take prescription drugs, and they think if one is good two is better, and that's not always the case. Most drugs have a certain prescribing regimen. Like, some drugs are prescribed for one a day or two a day or three a day, and they're not meant to exceed that," said Chris Cleveland, a pharmacist at Albany's Doc Heilinbel's Pharmacy.
The numbers did not include deaths in seven metro Atlanta counties. The largest number of fatal overdoses occurred in the 45 to 54 age group.