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Drug Take Back Day on 10 27
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Woodstock, GA
- Our North Georgia Health District Community Overdose Response Program (CORP) will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event on October 27th from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Cherokee County Health Department in Woodstock, located at 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188. Residents are invited to join in the effort to reduce overdose harm and deaths by looking in their medicine cabinets and seeing what medications/drugs that can be disposed of. They will be accepting all drugs except for inhalers and autoinjectors, like Epi-Pens. Law enforcement will be present to take custody of and properly dispose of any drugs forfeited. The Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law will be honored at this event and individuals wishing to dispose of any drugs should not fear law enforcement’s presence.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The mission of the DEA is to ensure the safety and health of American communities by combating criminal drug networks bringing harm, violence, overdoses, and poisonings to the United States. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why people across the country are encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely and anonymously turn in their unused and unneeded prescription drugs on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day each October 28th.

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day reflects DEA’s commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

An additional National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection event in the North Georgia Health District is being held by the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office at Huff's Drug Store, located at 136 Industrial Blvd, Ellijay, GA 30540. That event is on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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F5F444B2 6C13 4393 8728 9C68008D2EE5Ellijay, GA  – The Gilmer County Health Department has reopened today, Tuesday, October 24, 2023. We appreciate the public’s patience as access to water at the health department was restored. Please go to this link to find their public health services, hours, phone number, and location:

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North GA – This year's annual Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinics held by public health in North Georgia have successfully vaccinated *901 residents, providing them with protection against the flu and helping to prevent the spread of the virus within their families and communities.

Since 2007, the North Georgia Health District Emergency Preparedness team, nurses, and Infectious Disease staff have collaborated with Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield County Health Departments to conduct these drive-thru clinics each fall. The initiative offers residents a safe and convenient method of receiving a flu shot. It also serves as an opportunity for health departments and partnering agencies to test local strategies for rapid vaccine or medication administration during a public health crisis. Partners in this initiative include local law enforcement, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), businesses, and first responders such as the county Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Departments.

Flu vaccines are readily available in various locations, including doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and grocery stores. They are also offered at all county health departments in the North Georgia Health District at low or no cost, depending on an individual’s healthcare coverage. No appointment is necessary at these health departments during regular clinic hours.

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Dalton, GA – The Whitfield County Health Department’s Adult Health Clinic (formerly known as MAC) is offering free hypertension services to eligible residents who enroll for the offer.

Eligibility applies to Whitfield County residents who have a blood pressure reading of no less than 140 over 90 on at least two subsequent screenings or are taking antihypertensive medication to maintain normal blood pressure.

Free Hypertension Services at Whitfield Co Health Dept FlyerFree Hypertension Services at Whitfield Co Health Dept Flyer - English & Spanish - Click to downloadThe free hypertension services include:

  • Initial evaluation
  • Educational materials
  • Blood pressure cuff and blood pressure log
  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Goodie bag with heart smart incentives