Dakota Dyer was a good student, a starting defensive end on his Bremen, Ga., football team, and had no history of mental illness or drug abuse, his father says. But in March 2012, Dakota, 14, was repeatedly asked on Facebook to try a “new legal weed,’’ says his father, Lance Dyer. Dakota finally tried the synthetic marijuana, which medical experts say can lead to paranoia or hallucinations. He then committed suicide.
The Georgia Department of Revenue released an updated proposal for rules on prestige license plates Monday. The Department had looked at implementing a rule that would bar plates from containing any references to weapons, drugs or alcohol. The brand new rules, however, no longer contain that ban.
Only three people signed up to speak at a public hearing Tuesday on the state’s newly proposed personalized license plate rules. The Georgia Department of Revenue hearing is a step officials must take before adopting the rules permanently.
A bill passed by the House Tuesday would restrict the sale of the decongestant pseudoephedrine to only pharmacies in Georgia. The decongestant is a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine -- the use of which has become a growing problem in the state.
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.