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Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 4:01am

Summit Looks At Prescrip Drug Abuse

Federal prosecutors have organized a summit to highlight the growth of prescription drug abuse and addiction in Georgia.

Wednesday's gathering comes amid an effort by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta to crack down on so-called "pill mills" that make it easy for drug abusers to obtain the medications.

The summit will include federal investigators, medical experts and legitimate pain clinic physicians to address ways to reverse the trend.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said it's important to stress that even though the pills are available by prescription, they are just as dangerous and addictive as illegal drugs.