According to Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards, the abuse of prescription drugs continues to be a growing problem in Georgia.
Edwards is pleased the Georgia General Assembly has approved legislation to crack down on clinics that illegally prescribe powerful pain killer. The so-called pill-mills have become more prominent in Georgia over the last year because many surrounding states have cracked down on these operations.
Authorities say drug dealers and addicts looking for drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone drive hundreds of miles to Georgia to get the drugs.
"It's a growing phenomenon here, and I imagine everywhere else in this area. But certainly I can say that we've had an increase over the last couple, three years of prescription drug fraud, sales...illegal sales of prescription drugs," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty Co. District Attorney.
Edwards says the pill mills have caused an increase in forgery crimes as well. He says some users pay up to $20 per pill.