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.
Federal agents raided a pain clinic in Tucker Tuesday -- the second time in three weeks -- and arrested a doctor. Officials said Dr. Michael Assevero was charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone during the raid at Southern Health Management.
Authorities in Forsyth County are setting up what they describe as Georgia's first "drug take back box" for unwanted prescription drugs. Sheriff's officials say the purpose of the box is to give people a way to dispose of unwanted and outdated prescription drugs from households.
Death investigations by coroners would flagged if prescriptions were involved. Any death that may be the result of a medication administered or prescribed would have to be reported to the Georgia Composite Medical Board.
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.