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ADDU educates residents on the dangers of drugs

Major Bill Berry, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Major Bill Berry, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit
Annie Washington, Albany Resident Annie Washington, Albany Resident
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit educated the public on the dangers of drugs at a town hall meeting in East Albany.

They say one of the biggest problems they face is the illegal use of prescription drugs. Major Bill Berry says it's because of easy access.    

"There's a lot of availability and ease to getting them in some out of state places. All they require is cash so you can get them and bring them back and they're worth their weight and gold on the streets," said Major Bill Berry with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.  

Annie Washington knows first hand the side effects that pain medications have, and doesn't understand why anyone would abuse them.    

"I couldn't balance myself, I was stepping in holes," said Annie Washington.  

Berry says Albany is one of the largest cities in Southwest Georgia, making it an easy target for drug trafficking.    

"The bigger the city the easier it is to blend in, so therefore the easier it is to do something illegal. Not just drugs and blend in and disappear," said Major Berry.  

Which means they'll be busy making a lot of arrests.  

"If the trend of what we've got in the first four months, almost five months in another week we will know. We will have a thousand cases made this year," said Major Berry.  

Washington says she wants to help educate young people on the dangers of drugs.     

"I didn't even know about the little things that the kids can do at parties and get high. It took me back to my grand kids," said Washington.    

"It's the younger generation we have to start worrying about, and keep them from getting influenced or into that culture," said Major Berry.  

Major Berry encourages everyone to always report any drug activity that's going on in their community. He says the public can call in tips anonymously to 430-5150.

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