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Decatur, GA – On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab received evidence related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area. Preliminary results indicate a mixture of two synthetic opioids, with one of the drugs being consistent with a new fentanyl analogue. This fentanyl analogue has not previously been identified by the GBI Crime Lab. Due to the nature of the analysis, testing to confirm the full identity of the drug will require additional time. The GBI Crime Laboratory continues to make the analysis a priority.
The Georgia Department of Communications through their communications office issued additional information, “As of June 7, there are reports of six additional overdose cases possibly related to fake Percocet. None of these cases have been confirmed as overdoses related to the street drugs. Georgia Poison Center is currently working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.
There are no additional reports of deaths possibly related to street drugs purporting to be Percocet.
The GBI has obtained evidence related to these overdoses and is performing drug analysis on the pills.
The critical message to the public is to call 9-1-1 immediately if they suspect someone may have taken the pills. Because the makeup of these drugs is still unknown, extreme caution should be used when dealing with an individual who may have overdosed or ingested the substance. Do not handle the pills. Opioid overdose is a very dangerous condition that can result in permanent physical and mental damage, even death, if medical treatment is not administered right away.”
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“What would we do if a Gatlinburg hit our community?” said Firewise coordinator
Firewise Communities Brochure
Firewise Communities USA recommends homeowners in wildland-urban areas implement the “Zone Concept,” which offers tips for protecting the home in the “home ignition zone” that extends up to 200 feet in high hazard areas.
A May 4th fire that burned 100 acres in Gatlinburg served as an unwelcome reminder of the devastating, deadly blaze in the same Tennessee town last November.
The big Gatlinburg fire, a perfect storm of high wind, ample fuel and persistent drought conditions, destroyed over 2,400 homes and killed at least 12 people. Last fall, leaders of Wildcat Community, Inc. – a consortium of eight communities in the area off Burnt Mountain Road that straddles the Pickens/Dawson line – used the Gatlinburg fire and fires in north Georgia as momentum for revitalizing and restructuring their Firewise Task Force, which focuses on wildfire safety awareness, prevention and education.
SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS
Published Monday, June 5, 2017
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MARTIN V. SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA II, L.P., ET AL. (S16G0743)
SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA II, L.P., ET AL. V. MARTIN (S16G0750)
The Supreme Court of Georgia has reinstated a $35 million jury award given to a young man left permanently brain-damaged from a beating he received while waiting for a bus after visiting Six Flags Over Georgia.
Updated -- Woman has been found alive.
Updated -- Woman was found about noon alive.
Original story -- Search and rescue personnel from the Pickens and Gilmer sheriff’s offices, EMS, fire crews and the DNR are continuing a search for a Gilmer woman last seen at the scenic overlook on the southbound lanes of Highway 515 Sunday night.
The Chinkapin Oak located in front of the Tate House is recognized by the Georgia Forestry Commission as a Champion Tree, which means it is the largest known of its species in the state. The tree, which blew down on May 20th, is listed as being 82 feet high with a circumference of 222 inches, and having an average diameter crown spread of 112 feet when it was measured on June 13, 2012. The Chinkapin Oak is a native tree in Georgia.
A Chinkapin Oak that many consider to be one of the oldest of its kind in the country was blown down by winds on May 20th, leaving many residents lamenting the loss of an iconic tree that witnessed hundreds of years of local history.
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