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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

Derby Day event to benefit Children's Healthcare

Derby Day event to benefit Children's Healthcare

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- If you're looking for a way to celebrate the 137th annual Kentucky Derby, why not attend a party that also supports a great organization?

Johns Creek Friends will host its fifth Derby Day event from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

What's eating you? North Fulton restaurant doesn't make the grade

What's eating you? North Fulton restaurant doesn't make the grade

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Flip Burger isn't the only Fulton County eatery that didn't pass its most recent health inspection.

One North Fulton restaurant did not score a passing grade of 70 or higher when it was inspected by the Georgia Board of Health last week:

China Heaven
2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 30022

China Heaven earned a score of 56 when it was inspected on Wednesday, Apr. 6. Read the report here.

Restaurants are required by law to post their ratings in a place where customers can see them.

Georgia Grown program kicks off with sweet potato fries in schools

Georgia Grown program kicks off with sweet potato fries in schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Students were in for a treat when sweet potato fries were recently introduced to school lunch menus in Fulton County.

The school district held promotional events to raise awareness about how sweet potato fries are rich in vitamins A and C.

The healthier fries are part of the Georgia Grown and Farm to School programs, which were started in February and will continue throughout the school year.

The Farm to School initiative is a national movement dedicated to providing students with local fresh fruits and vegetables. Georgia Grown is an association of in-state farmers who provide produce to schools and businesses.

Thanks to Georgia Grown, students will be provided with a fresh fruit or vegetable from a farm in Georgia each week.

Fulton named 26th healthiest county in Georgia

Fulton named 26th healthiest county in Georgia

FULTON COUNTY, Ga.