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Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

City of Atlanta unsure of next step in case of Sunday sales

City of Atlanta unsure of next step in case of Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- With the Sunday alcohol sales, dubbed "Sunday sales", legislation on its way to the Governor's desk, local leaders have begun to discuss whether they will allow residents to purchase alcohol on Sundays within their cities.

According to the City of Atlanta Deputy Director of Communications, Reese McCranie, “It’s too early to know right now.  The City Council is on recess this week.  We’ll have a better idea of our path forward next week when they are in session.”

RELATED: Georgia Sunday alcohol sales bill heads to governor

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

Share Your Vision with Atlanta Leaders April 19 - May 5

The City of Atlanta Office of Planning is preparing to launch Round 3 of community meetings for the 2011 Comphrehensive Development Plan (CDP).  Share your thoughts, your insight, your vision for Atlanta's future and your neighborhood. 

Atlanta non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses are invited to attend the various community meetings planned in locations throughout the city. 

All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Can't attend?  You can also email your comments to us at cdp2011comments@atlantaga.gov.

Teens kick off Teen Week 2011 at City Hall

Teens kick off Teen Week 2011 at City Hall

ATLANTA – Earlier today, select Atlanta youth had the opportunity to meet with city leaders during a lunch and learn session at 11 a.m.

Councilmember Hall hosts H4WP Walking Tours, March 19th

Councilmember Hall hosts H4WP Walking Tours, March 19th

ATLANTA -- Be sure to join City Councilmember Kwanza Hall and City Watershed Commissioner Dexter White for coffee, donuts and walking tours of Phase I of Historic Fourth Ward Park on Saturday, March 19th at 10AM.  

Neighbors should meet at the Dallas Street entrance to the park, near the AMLI Old Fourth Ward Apartments, which are located at 525 Glen Iris Drive. Coffee and donuts will be donated by Sublime Doughnuts.

For more information follow Kwanza Hall on Twitter at: @District2ATL