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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.

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

Positive rabies alert in Hall County

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Hall County Animal Control has announced that a rabid raccoon made contact with two dogs in the Lanier Boulevard area of southern Hall County earlier this week.

On May 6, officials with the Georgia Public Health Lab in Decatur confirmed that the raccoon had rabies. This is the seventh official rabies case of 2011.

Positive alert signs will be posted in the area where the rabid raccoon was located.

Hall County residents are advised to call Animal Control at 770-531-6830 if they see an animal acting strangely.

Pet owners are also encouraged to vaccinate their cats and dogs for rabies. Vaccines are available for $10 at the Hall County Animal Shelter (1688 Barber Road, Gainesville, 30507) Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

CUMMING, Ga. – The ALS Run for Life 5K to end Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease will be held at The Avenue Forsyth in Georgia.

The run was founded to honor Jon Blais, the only person with ALS to finish the Ironman triathlon. Every year, the event is held in to raise money for research for a cure. The race has raised over $50,000 in four years and, according to race organizers, has become a favorite among Metro Atlanta runners.

Every day in the US, about 15 people are diagnosed with ALS and life expectancy is about two to five years from the original diagnosis. ALS cripples physical functions, like the ability to move, speak and swallow; however, the mind stays sharp.

The race will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. This event will feature a one mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Runners will begin the 3.1 mile course by circling the perimeter of The Avenue and them will finish in the front of the race expo.

Atlanta Falcons LB Curtis Lofton hosts "Fashion Funds the Cure"

Atlanta Falcons LB Curtis Lofton hosts "Fashion Funds the Cure"

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Curtis Lofton of the Atlanta Falcons will be hosting the “Fashion Funds the Cure” Charity Event at Bloomingdales Lenox Square, tonight at 6PM.

This event will feature a fashion show, live and silent auction and cocktail hour and all proceeds go to the Rally Foundation. The Rally Foundation is a, “501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and fund for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and ultimately, to find cures.”

Tonight’s fashion show will feature pint-sized patients, modeling in the latest fashions, being escorted down the runway by top players in the NFL. The runway will also feature professional models from Factor Model Management.

The events live auction includes items, like a Robert Mondavi Winery Tour in Sonoma, tickets and airfare to the ESPY Awards and a male Goldendoodle puppy.

Hall County advises residents to have pets vaccinated

Hall County advises residents to have pets vaccinated

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Last week, North Hall experienced a positive rabies alert in the Athens Street area. According to reports, a man and a dog were bitten by a raccoon. The raccoon was then shipped to the Georgia Public Health Lab where it tested positive for rabies.

The county is encouraging pet owners to vaccinate their domesticated pets for rabies. Rabies vaccines are available at the Hall County Animal Shelter for $10 Tuesday through Friday from 9PM until 5PM.

The Hall County Animal Shelter is located at 1688 Barber Road in Gainesville