A year after Georgia created an electronic database to curb prescription drug overdoses, such cases have dropped to their lowest level in years.
According to data provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the new program correlated with the lowest number of reported overdoses since 2008. Not all Georgia counties share their overdose statistics.
In 2013, the GBI found 461 drug overdose deaths were caused by prescription medication, compared with 520 in 2012, 512 in 2011, 560 in 2010, 508 in 2009 and 496 in 2008.
Augusta Commissioner Donnie Smith’s future remained uncertain Friday after a Thursday report he’d double-dipped working for a Masters hospitality company without permission while also drawing his lieutenant’s salary from the Georgia State Patrol.
A second investigation underway into Smith’s activities with the patrol wasn’t complete Friday, and Smith, who retired Monday, did not respond to requests for comment.
PLAY OF THE GAME: With just over one minute remaining in the first quarter, Augusta Christian defensive back James Overstreet scooped up a Fox Creek fumble and raced 45 yards for a touchdown. The return would ultimately be the decisive score of the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Augusta Christian fullback Davis Addyman scored three red-zone touchdowns. He received all of his carries within the opponent’s 10-yard line.
A debate over whether – and if so, how much – to tax Augusta manufacturers for the energy they use continued Friday at a mandatory meeting between heads of the county’s three municipalities of Augusta, Hephzibah and Blythe.
Local officials proposed last year taking advantage of a provision in House Bill 386, which created a new state sales tax exemption, allowing counties to impose a percentage excise tax on energy used in manufacturing equal to the amount of exempted local sales taxes, which did not include education sales taxes or the Transportation Investment Act.
The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center announced Friday it will host a Mental Health Summit next week for the Augusta community to discuss ways to enhance the quality of mental health and well-being of veterans and their families.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital’s uptown campus off Wrightsboro Road.
Tracks from a stolen four-wheeler led police to a suspect’s home Thursday.
Aiken County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Chestnut Drive in North Augusta on Thursday after the homeowner heard a noise and saw a man drive away on his four-wheeler ATV with his personal property. Deputies discovered the suspect had made forced entry into three sheds on the property.
Police followed the tire tracks to Charles Edward Crocker’s home on Elton Avenue, where police discovered the four-wheeler and other stolen items.