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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta)–A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that drunk driving among U.S. teens declined over th...

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Mobile, Alabama–Police announced today they have seized as much as $9.6 million worth of unfinished synthetic marijuana as part of Mobile's ongoing crackdown on illicit drugs in the city.

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Alabama leads the nation in prescriptions for narcotics such as OxyContin. (LA Times)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama has the highest rate of prescription narcotic use in the nation and the fifth-highest prescription narcotic cost, according to a study by Express Scripts, the health care company that manages pharmacy benefits for 1-in-3 Americans.

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - If Tyrann Mathieu played at Auburn, there would be no guessing game. He wouldn't play at Auburn again.

If the 2011 Heisman finalist failed a drug test in 2012 for the third time in his college career -- as it has been reported he did at LSU -- the door wouldn't even be ajar for his possible return to the field in 2013.



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Jefferson County Commissioners Sandra Little Brown and David Carrington are on opposite
sides on the Cooper Green Mercy Hospital inpatient care issue.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The decision to close the inpatient unit at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital has created a rift among the Jefferson County Commission that may take some time to heal, some commissioners say.


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Alabama made its best showing ever in an annual ranking of child well-being, but it still came in 45th among the 50 states.

The 2012 Kids Count Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed Alabama made gains in education but continues to struggle with high rates of child poverty. The report ranked Alabama 45th, the state's best ranking since the Data Book began publication in 1990.

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Chris Pow/al.comConstruction has been halted on a replacement for Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa while the Alabama Department of Mental Health reconsiders its restructuring plan.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A plan to close most of the state's mental hospitals is being reconsidered and construction has been put on hold on a new hospital in Tuscaloosa, officials announced Wednesday. 

Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Zelia Baugh said at an ADMH board meeting in Montgomery that they're putting the brakes on a plan first announced almost a month ago. That plan would have closed Greil Memorial Psychiatric Hos­pital in Montgmery, North Alabama Regional Hospital in Decatur and Searcy Hospital in Mount Vernon by Sept. 30 and eliminated almost 950 employee positions.


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 The Freedom Source aims to help people with drug and alcohol addictions
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Freedom Source is a relatively new nonprofit organization in Birmingham that provides hope and help to individuals and families trying to find solutions for drug and alcohol addiction.

The organization was born out of the frustrating search by one family to find drug and alcohol addiction service providers in the Birmingham metro area, according to its website. The Freedom Source became a reality in 2008 and to date has served more than 1,500 clients.



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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Another man has been charged in connection with "Green Giant," the federal, state and local law enforcement operation aimed at shutting down an illegal drive-through drug operation in Brighton.

The charge came after seven of the 18 defendants in the case identified him as a large-scale drug dealer.



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Participate in National Prescription Take-Back Day April 28th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm.

The Shelby County Drug Enfo.rcement Task Force, the Pelham Police Department, the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the event to allow citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded, unused, expired or unwanted prescription or over-the counter medications. The drop-off is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, April 28th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., to any of the following locations in Shelby County:

  • Greystone YMCA (5414 Highway 280, Birmingham)
  • Alabaster Target (250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster)
  • Winn-Dixie (2653 Valleydale Road, Birmingham)
  • Pelham Police Department (32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham)


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