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Prescription Drug Sales, Overdoses Increase

The drug squad that raided Officer Toomer's and Wise's home found both marijuana and pills.

Their news release says the pills were "of undetermined origin."

When you think of illegal drugs, you probably think first of marijuana and cocaine, but prescription drugs can be just as addicting and lethal. 

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, prescription drug abuse has gone up and so has the number of deaths caused by overdose.

"Xanax is probably the most popular one that has lead to the drug overdose. And when I say overdose, you've got to understand a lot of this is accidental overdose," says GBI agent Marc Mansfield.

Of the top five illegally sold, four of them are pain relievers. 

Mansfield says people turn to pill mills for easy access to these kind of drugs. 

Erickson Details Wife's 'Courageous' Mastectomy Decision

Often the target of criticism, controversial central Georgia pundit Erick Erickson recently reversed the roles, explaining in the process why he considers his wife his hero.

Less than a month ago, the former Macon City Councilman drew fire over his comments about "breadwinner moms" during an appearance on Fox News.

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Monroe County's minority population has reached 27.6 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Georgia Prostate Coalition Seeks to Raise Awareness of Cancer

"The survivors have the greatest passion," former 13WMAZ anchor Bill Buckley says of getting the word out about prostate cancer prevention.

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union recently held fundraisers in branches across the mid-state in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Robins Federal Credit Union branches in Baldwin, Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach Counties created teams, raised funds and participated in their county’s Relay for Life events. Over 100 employees participated in the events in their respective counties, and $51,319.02 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

“We are proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Our staff really enjoys the three month fundraising drive each year. It allows them to work together, and have fun while doing something great in our community.  We value our partnership with the American Cancer Society, and could not be more pleased with the result of this year’s fundraising drives” says John Rhea, President/CEO. 

Farmers Market Opens Friday in Forsyth

Farmers Market Opens Friday in Forsyth

A local farmers market opens in Forsyth Friday!

According to Forsyth Better Hometown's Facebook page, the market opens from noon to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

The market will be located behind Farmers Bank.

Presciption-Drug Take-Back Program is Saturday

Presciption-Drug Take-Back Program is Saturday

People in Central  Georgia can to dispose of unwanted prescription medication during Saturday's national prescription drug take-back day.
    
Saturday, April 27, there will be several locations taking your unwanted and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of them.

Cleaning out medicine cabinets and securing medications will reduce the chance of someone abusing prescription medication that is not intended for them, and will protect surplus drugs from theft.

Take-Back events will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Macon, Forsyth, Eastman and Eatonton .