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  • Ending the Epidemic: Part 1 - Pill Mills

    Ending the Epidemic: Part 1 - Pill Mills

    Thursday, May 5 2016 12:51 AM EDT2016-05-05 04:51:38 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 11:32 AM EDT2016-05-09 15:32:18 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It looks like a doctor's office, but is really a pill mill. Last March, federal agents charged 6 people, including two physicians, with running a pill mill and selling illegal prescriptions out of empty clinics in Columbus and Valdosta. 

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    It looks like a doctor's office, but is really a pill mill. Last March, federal agents charged 6 people, including two physicians, with running a pill mill and selling illegal prescriptions out of empty clinics in Columbus and Valdosta. 

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  • Ending the Epidemic: Part 2 - Tragedy in Action

    Ending the Epidemic: Part 2 - Tragedy in Action

    Thursday, May 5 2016 6:52 PM EDT2016-05-05 22:52:19 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 11:31 AM EDT2016-05-09 15:31:47 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Some of the statistics are staggering. In 2013, more than 46,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses (DEA) – that’s more than car wrecks. Each number is a person, a large number in their teens and 20s. 

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    Some of the statistics are staggering. In 2013, more than 46,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses (DEA) – that’s more than car wrecks. Each number is a person, a large number in their teens and 20s. 

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  • Ending The Epidemic: Part 3 - From the Brink of Death

    Ending The Epidemic: Part 3 - From the Brink of Death

    Thursday, May 5 2016 7:08 PM EDT2016-05-05 23:08:00 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 11:29 AM EDT2016-05-09 15:29:56 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    It was reportedly used on music legend Prince just a week before his death: the life-saving drug Naloxone, also known as Nar-Can. It's for people who overdose on opioids, some virtually dead. 

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    It was reportedly used on music legend Prince just a week before his death: the life-saving drug Naloxone, also known as Nar-Can. It's for people who overdose on opioids, some virtually dead. 

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  • Ending the Epidemic: Part 4 - What's being done?

    Ending the Epidemic: Part 4 - What's being done?

    Thursday, May 5 2016 11:51 PM EDT2016-05-06 03:51:39 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 11:30 AM EDT2016-05-09 15:30:31 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Often we hear about the problem with drug abuse, and how it’s getting worse with prescription painkillers, but what's being done about it at the state and community levels? 

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    Often we hear about the problem with drug abuse, and how it’s getting worse with prescription painkillers, but what's being done about it at the state and community levels? 

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  • Ending the Epidemic: Part 5 - The President's plan

    Ending the Epidemic: Part 5 - The President's plan

    Friday, May 6 2016 12:25 AM EDT2016-05-06 04:25:54 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 11:31 AM EDT2016-05-09 15:31:04 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    At least 40 Americans die each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers, according to the CDC, which has declared it an epidemic. 

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    At least 40 Americans die each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers, according to the CDC, which has declared it an epidemic. 

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  • Special Report: Ending the Epidemic - Taking Back the Valley

    Special Report: Ending the Epidemic - Taking Back the Valley

    Friday, May 6 2016 11:38 AM EDT2016-05-06 15:38:07 GMT
    Thursday, May 12 2016 9:24 AM EDT2016-05-12 13:24:26 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    News Leader 9's Jason Dennis takes a deep look into opioid addiction and its stranglehold on the Chattahoochee Valley and across the country in Ending the Epidemic. 

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    News Leader 9's Jason Dennis takes a deep look into opioid addiction and its stranglehold on the Chattahoochee Valley and across the country in Ending the Epidemic. 

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  • Top GA leaders get candid at national drug summit

    Top GA leaders get candid at national drug summit

    Wednesday, March 30 2016 6:56 PM EDT2016-03-30 22:56:03 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 6:57 AM EDT2016-03-31 10:57:06 GMT
    (Source: Jason Dennis / WTVM)(Source: Jason Dennis / WTVM)

    There is still a big crowd on the third day of the national Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in downtown Atlanta.  It opened with a congressional forum that included US Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia. 

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    There is still a big crowd on the third day of the national Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in downtown Atlanta.  It opened with a congressional forum that included US Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia. 

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  • President Obama talks drug abuse in GA

    President Obama talks drug abuse in GA

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 5:42 PM EDT2016-03-29 21:42:06 GMT
    Wednesday, March 30 2016 5:42 AM EDT2016-03-30 09:42:06 GMT
    (Source: Jason Dennis / WTVM)(Source: Jason Dennis / WTVM)

    In downtown Atlanta Tuesday afternoon, President Obama was part of a 75-minute-long panel discussion on prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction at a national summit, an event which the President hopes shines a greater spotlight on this drug crisis. 

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    In downtown Atlanta Tuesday afternoon, President Obama was part of a 75-minute-long panel discussion on prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction at a national summit, an event which the President hopes shines a greater spotlight on this drug crisis. 

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  • President Obama speaks on opioid abuse at National Rx drug summit in Atlanta

    President Obama speaks on opioid abuse at National Rx drug summit in Atlanta

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 12:40 AM EDT2016-03-29 04:40:00 GMT
    Tuesday, March 29 2016 6:42 PM EDT2016-03-29 22:42:03 GMT
    Heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. have doubled, compared to just a few years ago, while 4.5 million Americans over age 12 abused prescription painkillers. (Source: WTVM file)Heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. have doubled, compared to just a few years ago, while 4.5 million Americans over age 12 abused prescription painkillers. (Source: WTVM file)

    The numbers are staggering: heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. have doubled, compared to just a few years ago, while 4.5 million Americans over age 12 abused prescription painkillers, according to recent studies.

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    The numbers are staggering: heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. have doubled, compared to just a few years ago, while 4.5 million Americans over age 12 abused prescription painkillers, according to recent studies.

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