Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
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Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 4:42 PM EDT2013-05-20 20:42:47 GMT
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday. The HSSM assisted the Humane SocietyMore >>
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is heading back to Gulfport with more than 100 small breed dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Tylertown Monday.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:41:59 GMT
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday. Once deputies arrived to the home theyMore >>
Four suspects were jailed after Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said a burglary took place at a home at the 15000 block of Sara Lane in Saucier on Sunday.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Once the bottles are filled, the drugs inside have the ability to become more than what they were intended for.
"This is not just a public safety issue anymore, it's a public health issue as well. We've got the second fastest growing drug problem in the United States of America," said executive director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Marshall Fisher.
Fisher says 95 percent of drug overdose deaths in Mississippi are from the abuse of prescription narcotics. Last month alone, more than nine million doses of Hydrocodone were dispensed in the state. With a population of only about three million, Fisher says that's a problem and it's lending itself to increased abuse.
"With prescription drugs it some how legitimizes it because it's in a prescription bottle, it's got a label on it, there's a pharmacy's name, a doctor's name and it doesn't have the same stigma as going into an ally way or street corner and buying a bad of dope from some thug," said Fisher.
Fisher says the abuse, from those with or without legal prescriptions, is also leading to criminal activity. That was the scene Monday night inside a Petal pharmacy as thieves broke in, racked up and took off with all kinds of prescription drugs.
A collective effort is now underway from various agencies across the state that has folks discussing drug diversion problems and evaluating prevention strategies. That was the focus behind the Prescription Drug Summit which was held Wednesday in Jackson.
"It's something that we can stop and we need to address it as a high priority in our state," said U.S. Attorney for Mississippi's Southern District, Gregory Davis.
Davis says criminal activity isn't the only side effect. Deaths are rising, and more and more babies are being born with complications and having to be treated for withdrawal syndromes. That's all because of a system, which Fisher says, was meant to help.
"There are legitimate drugs out there for legitimate reasons but if they're not used for their intended purpose the level of addiction is unbelievable," said Fisher.
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