Enia Brice scrolls through her phone showing off favorite photos of her daughter Lensey Wallace. Growing up in Catoosa County, Wallace was a good student, a softball player and active in church. "My middle daughter, Lensey, she met Jon in high school and they were high school sweethearts,” said Brice. “They were planning to get married." Wallace and her fiancé Jonathan Tinker welcomed their daughter Lily into the world in 2009. Brice says the young family was incredibly happy, but then a motorcycle accident nearly cost Tinker his leg.
State officials and lawmakers have launched a campaign aimed at addressing the issue of prescription drug abuse among teenagers in the state. Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities spokesman Matt Carrothers Tuesday said that state officials and youth from Catoosa and Gwinnett counties met at the Capitol to launch the project, titled "Generation Rx."
Savannah area police and sheriff's deputies say they rounded more than 200 pounds of expired and unwanted drugs as part of a national sweep. The prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected Saturday as part of an event sponsored by the national Drug Enforcement Administration.
A new program designed to combat prescription drug abuse in Georgia might run out of money to operate only a few months after it gets under way in June. Georgia lawmakers didn't appropriate any funding for the prescription monitoring program when they passed legislation to create it in 2011. The program involves an electronic database that tracks prescriptions.
Georgians are getting another opportunity to rid home medicine cabinets of unused, potentially dangerous medications. During the Drug Enforcement Administration's national Take Back Day program, drug disposal sites will be set up across the state Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attorney General Sam Olens is starring in a new public service advertisement about the dangers of improperly using prescription drugs. Olens said it's essential to educate citizens about the dangers lurking in medicine cabinets to combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse.
The problem of prescription drug abuse and illegal dispensing of drugs is exploding in Georgia. On Wednesday, there was a call to action for the medical community and law enforcement. Officials on the state and federal level gathered in Atlanta for a summit to brainstorm ways to attack the issue.