On Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Griffin Police
Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to
Kroger (1524 Highway 16 W Griffin, Ga). The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps,
only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs
at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more
than 2,400 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish
in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription
drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and
overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition,
Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health
The Griffin Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated presents “My Cry in the Dark” – a seminar to elevate awareness of mental health disorders and provide information on community-based mental health resources. Discussion topics include clinical definitions and symptoms related to depression, Postpartum Depression and activities designed to reduce stress. “My Cry in the Dark” will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at New Mercy Baptist Church, 742 Pimento Avenue, Griffin, Georgia. The presenters are Sharon Zellner (Clinical Psychologist), Dr. Enid Lofters-Jones (Obstetrics/Gynecology Specialist) and Sandra Wimbush (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
There is no need to suffer alone. Let this seminar point you in the right direction to get the help you need. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Gwendolyn Morris at 770-531-9168
Once Again the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) is sponsoring the annual Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 A.M. till 2:00 P.M., at Wynn’s Pharmacy, 566 South 8th Street, Griffin, Georgia. I would like to remind all citizens that this program allows citizen’s to properly dispose prescription medication. Citizens with prescription medication which has reached its expiration date or is no longer needed are encouraged to bring the medications to Wynn’s Pharmacy on April 30th.
Please do not bring liquid medications or syringes.
The abuse of prescription medication is increasing and the proper disposal of un-needed medication will help prevent any improper use. I am encouraging all citizens to help by bring any un-needed prescription medication to Wynn’s Pharmacy where Agents from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations-Narcotics Division and Federal DEA agents will dispose of the medication. I would also like to thank Drew Miller and the Staff at Wynn’s Pharmacy for their participation in this program.
And thank you for supporting our efforts in an effort to curtail prescription abuse problems in Spalding County.
SPALDING COMMISSIONERS MEETING CANCELLED
At the Spalding County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting on April 4, 2016, the Board voted unanimously to cancel the April 18, 2016 Extraordinary Session scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m.
The Board of Commissioners will hold their Annual Planning Retreat on Monday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center Conference Room, 885 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA.
The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) will host a doctoral degree information meeting on Thursday, April 28, from 4:30PM to 7:30PM in the GSCS Learning Center, 216 S. 6th Street, Griffin, GA 30224.
Anyone interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in education is welcome to attend this meeting. These colleges/universities will be present with a representative to speak about their doctorate programs: Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Mercer University, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University.
Director of Strategic Talent Management Dr. Mack Bullard stated, “We have approximately 45 GSCS employees who have expressed interest in pursuing their doctoral degree in education (i.e. educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, school improvement, etc.). It is important for us to help our staff interested in furthering their education by providing them with information from multiple places at one convenient location. We are dedicated to developing our staff into school leaders who will maximize student achievement and organizational effectiveness.”
Spalding County Parks and Recreation announces that registration is now open for Adult Spring Softball. Registration packets for the following leagues are currently available for pick up:
• Men’s Church
• Men’s Industrial
• Women’s League
Registrations will be taken Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Parks, Public Grounds and Leisure Services Administrative Offices located at 843 Memorial Drive. The last day for registration will be March 28th. Season opens April 11, 2016.
• Women’s League $420.
• Men’s League $470.
• Only team registrations will be accepted.
• Payment by Corporate Check, Cash or Credit Card accepted.
For more information call Robby Milner at 770-467-4750.