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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.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

Sign-up for 5th Annual ALS Run for Life 5K

CUMMING, Ga. – The ALS Run for Life 5K to end Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease will be held at The Avenue Forsyth in Georgia.

The run was founded to honor Jon Blais, the only person with ALS to finish the Ironman triathlon. Every year, the event is held in to raise money for research for a cure. The race has raised over $50,000 in four years and, according to race organizers, has become a favorite among Metro Atlanta runners.

Every day in the US, about 15 people are diagnosed with ALS and life expectancy is about two to five years from the original diagnosis. ALS cripples physical functions, like the ability to move, speak and swallow; however, the mind stays sharp.

The race will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 a.m. This event will feature a one mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Runners will begin the 3.1 mile course by circling the perimeter of The Avenue and them will finish in the front of the race expo.

QualTex labs expands their company in Gwinnett County

QualTex labs expands their company in Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Recently, the QualTex Laboratories, a San Antonio, Texas-based independent blood testing lab, celebrates the grand opening of its expanded operations in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

The company hired more than 100 “highly-trained”, expert clinical laboratory scientists and the likes for their expansion in Norcross.

The company plans to invest about $12 million dollars into this branch of the company over the next five years.

QualTex is the largest independent testing lab in the United States for blood and plasma products, providing infectious disease testing services to blood banks and plasma center customers worldwide.

The QualTex Norcross facility will house a data center and tests more than eight million biological samples, whole blood and plasma, double its operations a year ago.

QualTex is located at 4258 Communications Drive in Norcross.

Duluth PD to host Operation Drive Smart Expo

Duluth PD to host Operation Drive Smart Expo

BUFORD, Ga. – On April 12, the Duluth Police Department C.O.P.S Division will be hosting an Operation Drive Smart Expo for students at Buford High School.

This program was created by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in partnership with the Duluth Police Department. The Duluth Police Department will be able to travel to different high school throughout the state with the help of a grant from the Governor’s Office and the “Operation Drive Smart Expo”.

The Drive Smart Expo consists of stations, like: a seatbelt rollover simulator, DUI goft cart and safety education unit; that discuss the importance of teen safe driving.

Hall is the tenth healthiest county in Georgia

Hall is the tenth healthiest county in Georgia
HALL COUNTY, Ga. – Hall is the tenth healthiest county in Georgia according to a new study published by CountyHealthRankings.com. The study was completed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It analyzed various health factors in counties across the nation including mortality morbidity, health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors and physical environment. Each county in the state of Georgia was ranked on a scale of 1 to 156 with 1 being the healthiest county in the state and 156 being the unhealthiest. Here’s a breakdown of how Hall fared in each of the categories: Mortality: 11 Morbidity: 12 Health Behaviors: 18 Clinical Care: 91 Social & Economic Factors: 29 Physical Environment: 58 Of all the counties in Georgia, Fayette County was ranked the healthiest.

Inmate dies in holding cell at Gwinnett County Jail

Inmate dies in holding cell at Gwinnett County Jail

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by Gwinnett County Sherriff's Department) A 26-year-old man died Saturday after he became unresponsive in a holding cell at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Quincy William Franklin was brought in to the Gwinnett Jail shortly after midnight Saturday by Lawrenceville Police on a probation violation. He had been picked up by police in DeKalb County Friday night.

Mr. Franklin was placed in a holding cell with two other inmates in admissions. At 12:37 p.m., Mr. Franklin was still snoring loudly in a holding cell with two other inmates. At 12:52 p.m., deputies came to remove one of those inmates to be processed and Mr. Franklin could not be awakened and was not responsive. Medical personnel in the jail responded. Mr. Franklin was given CPR and an ambulance transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was performed Monday, but the results of that autopsy are pending toxicology results.