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GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

GBI: Prescription drug overdoses rise

DECATUR, Ga. -- An analysis of autopsies by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has found a 10 percent increase in the number of prescription overdose deaths in 2010 compared to 2009.

The analysis shows that the number of drug overdose deaths involving only prescription drugs jumped from 508 in 2009 to 560 in 2010. It also showed that 68 other deaths were attributed to a combination of prescription and illicit drugs.

In all, there were 729 drug overdose deaths in 2010. Most of those deaths were found to be accidental, but about nine percent were determined to be suicides.

The analysis of the GBI Medical Examiner's drug overdose autopsies involves 152 counties. The study does not include several Metro Atlanta counties, including Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

Coca-Cola Issues an A.P.B. (All Play Bulletin) to Families: Go Outdoors. Play in the Park. Vote.

America Is Your Park campaign urges families to get out, discover fun ways to get active in the park while helping their favorite park win big

 

ATLANTA, July 10, 2011 – If you’re reading this, you should get to your favorite park – STAT! Coca-Cola is calling all families to go out and play this summer as part of the second annual America Is Your Park campaign.

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4
Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers this Fourth of July Georgia Optometric Association Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holiday Safely

Free HIV Tests for AIDS Day in Jonesboro

Free HIV Tests for AIDS Day in Jonesboro

Jonesboro --  (submitted by Joel Hall) In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) Specialty Services Department will host a free HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) Testing Day on Monday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clayton County Board of Health, located at 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236.

Testing services will be offered that day free of charge to anyone who would like to be tested. CCBOH staff will direct participants from the lobby to our Specialty Services Department for confidential testing using the OraQuick method, which delivers results in 20 minutes with a pin prick. Free counseling, consultation, and follow-up testing will be provided for those who test positive. Ryan White Clinic services are offered on site for those who qualify.

HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), continues to plague communities on a global scale.

Henry Fire Dept. releases tips for a safe, fun summer

Henry Fire Dept. releases tips for a safe, fun summer

Henry County --  (submitted by Henry County Communications)  Summer is a great time for outdoor fun--and there’s no shortage of warm weather activities to keep the whole family busy--but the summer months can also be a dangerous time. The Henry County Fire Department wants to make sure you have a fun and safe summer by taking the time to increase awareness about sun and heat exposure and avoiding burns from grills, fireworks and sparklers. It’s important to know how to avoid problems, and equally important to know what to do in case of an emergency.

It’s estimated that nearly 400 people die each year from heat exposure. In order to avoid heat exhaustion, limit strenuous activities to the cooler hours of the day, either early in the morning or in the evening. Stay indoors with air conditioning if possible and if you have to be outside for long periods of time, wear loose light clothing and have plenty of water or sports drinks on hand.

Join the WomenHeart of Stockbridge at their Tuesday meetings, first week of every month

Join the WomenHeart of Stockbridge at their Tuesday meetings, first week of every month

Join WomenHeart of Stockbridge at our  meetings!

DATE:  First Tuesday of each month

TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Henry Medical Center, Foundation Education Building For more information on WomenHeart of Stockbridge contact Ann Hulett at wh-stockbridge@womenheart.org or 678-575-7746 www.WomenHeart.org Join WomenHeart for free email newsletters and updatesWomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 44 million American women living or at risk of heart disease, WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart health.