Enforcement difficult against designer drug creators

Synthetic marijuana can lead to paranoia or hallucinations and even suicide; Since 2010, the Georgia Legislature has passed bills that are aimed at combating the drugs and ‘bath salts,’ but it’s difficult to find the creators of the drugs.

Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Saturday

Macon doctor heads to White House with new strategy on combatting substance abuse
The three-pronged approach of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment, or SBIRT, is designed to identity unhealthy alcohol and drug use before serious addiction problems fester.
Source: Macon Telegraph/Saturday

Phoebe Putney Health System won’t manage Dorminy Medical Center in Fitzgerald any more
Over the next few months, the two parties will take action to discontinue Phoebe’s management of the facility and to terminate previous plans to enter into a long-term lease arrangement. This will return the management and operation of the facility to the Authority.
Source: Albany Herald/Saturday

Flu cases rising in Georgia
The Department of Public Health says that while the flu level is still considered minimal in Georgia, it is reporting increases in flu activity statewide, including hospitalizations.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald/Sunday

North Georgia Medical Center offers online courses for expectant mothers
Source: AccessNorthGa.com/weekend

Obesity is still a problem in Georgia and the South
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Poll queries Georgians about healthcare
Three in four Georgians say they’re satisfied with the overall value of their health care. But Georgians show concerns about the effects of the Affordable Care Act, said the poll of 400 residents released by Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald



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