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Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4
Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers this Fourth of July Georgia Optometric Association Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holiday Safely

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.

Fayette neighborhoods commemorate cancer

Fayette neighborhoods commemorate cancer

 

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Help the American Cancer Society (ACS) paint PTC purple. In honor of the ACS Relay for Life on April 29, the entire month has been declared “Paint the Town Purple” month in Peachtree City. 

Residents can help decorate City Hall Plaza with purple bows for plaza light posts, trees, and fencing.

To participate, stop by City Hall to purchase a bow for $3 (or two bows for $5) to honor someone you love who has fought the disease. 

Bows can be placed on your home mailbox or at City Hall Plaza (light poles, trees, and fencing), with all funds from the bows going to the Relay for Life. 

Cancer Wellness 5K Walk at Picnic Park

Cancer Wellness 5K Walk at Picnic Park

Peachtree City, Ga. – On Saturday, April 9, the Fayette Chamber will host their Cancer Wellness 5K Walk.

The walk starts at 9:00 a.m. at Picnic Park. Picnic Park is located at 151 Willowbend Road in Peachtree City.

All proceeds benefit the new Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Wellness Program. The race costs $10 for youth and $20 for adults.

Register at www.fayettechamber.org/wellness-walk.

 

Glenloch Recreation Center to offer morning Zumba classes

Glenloch Recreation Center to offer morning Zumba classes

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – (submitted by the Glenloch Recreation Center) The PTC Parks and Recreation Department is announcing its new Spring Into Fitness Campaign! It all begins at Glenloch Recreation Center. Glenloch is offering a new morning Zumba Class on Wednesdays at 9:30am with Crystal and a Thursday 6:45 evening class with Patricia. 

“The new Zumba classes are filling up in March, and we plan on having a waiting list in April” says Art Sivertsen with the PTC Parks and Recreation Department.