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Deal Signs Limits On Drug Treatment Centers

May 4, 2017
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Georgia is increasing regulation of addiction treatment centers, prompted by complaints from northwest Georgia lawmakers and residents that a cluster of programs there largely treat people traveling from other states.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the legislation on Thursday.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed hiring its own prosecutor corps to bring cases related to drug trafficking, money laundering and asset forfeiture — a move that advocacy groups warn could exceed the DEA's legal authority and reinvigorate the 1980s-era war on drugs.

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A Fort Stewart soldier has been charged with cocaine trafficking as part of a drug investigation at the southeast Georgia Army post.

Pvt. 1st Class Mario Figueroa remained jailed Wednesday following his arrest last week. Liberty County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Hein said the arrest followed a three-month investigation by military and civilian authorities.

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After a unanimous city council vote Tuesday night, the city of Clarkston will no longer arrest people caught with an ounce or less of marijuana. Instead, the policy requires that those caught pay a $75 fine. 

Ted Terry is the Mayor of Clarkston. He said the city is still following the law, but has decided to treat the punishment differently.

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 The National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit is currently underway in Atlanta. President Obama and a host of politicians, scientists, and medical professionals aim to address the problem of prescription drug abuse. Currently, misuse of prescription meds is responsible for an estimated 72 deaths a day, a number that has pushed the medical community to classify this problem as an epidemic. 

We are joined by Dr. Patrice Harris of the American Medical Association to discuss the problem of prescription drug abuse and what can be done to curb the problem.

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President Obama is in Atlanta today to speak at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Although the rise of opioid abuse is a national problem, opioid addiction is especially critical in this state, where drug-related deaths increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2014.

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President Obama visited Atlanta Tuesday to lay out his administration's plans to step up its fight against what it calls the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.

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Although the average American life expectancy continues to improve, one demographic group has been dealing with substantial problems over the past few decades. Research from Princeton University discovered that older white Americans from ages 45-54 are experiencing sharp increases in health failure, poisoning from drugs and alcohol, and suicide.

    

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The Department of Health and Human Services awarded Georgia $731,250 Friday to help treat the growth of prescription opioid abuse.

The federal funding will help support two health centers in Georgia which are working to improve substance abuse services. Their focus is on opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Dawn Randolph is with the Georgia Substance Abuse Council. She says Georgia is in a state of emergency.