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Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

ATLANTA -- The third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29 was a huge success in Georgia.

Participants turned in about 3,794.35 pounds of unwanted and expired medication for safe disposal at numerous sites across the state.

This amount exceeded the weight of the drugs collected at the second event in April, which was about 3,509 pounds.

"The total number of drugs taken back in Georgia speaks volumes about the problem of unused and unneeded prescriptions, the danger they pose to the community and the communities' commitment to making prescription drug abuse a top priority in the state," John Comer, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement.

Know Your Stats: Prostate Cancer Awareness event

Know Your Stats: Prostate Cancer Awareness event

Join Gwinnett Medical Center and the Gwinnett Chamber for a FREE breakfast event on prostate health. This event will take place November 4 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the 1818 Club inside the Gwinnett Chamber located at 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway. Learn the facts on prostate health, meet Ryan Stewart, former Georgia Tech defensive back and ESPN personality, and enter to win a number of sports prizes.

 The first 50 people to RSVP will be entered in a drawing for an iPad. Space is limited and women are welcome to attend.

 RSVP to Keyonda at 678-312-3452 or kjohnson11@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.

Celebrate Life: Gwinnett Medical Center's 6th Annual Cancer Survivor Celebration

Celebrate Life: Gwinnett Medical Center's 6th Annual Cancer Survivor Celebration

You are cordially invited to attend the

6th Annual Cancer Survivor Celebration

at the Grand Opening of the

Gwinnett Breast Center.

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Ga. Tech, Gwinnett Tech grant to help jobless

Ga. Tech, Gwinnett Tech grant to help jobless

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech and Gwinnett Technical College have won a $1.65 million grant to help enhance the state's health information technology field.

The grant will help create new jobs in the field and provide training for workers already employed in health information technology. The money will create a lab at Georgia Tech to test and evaluate cutting-edge software for health care providers.

It will also create a one-year certificate program housed at Gwinnett Technical College. The program will target veterans and unemployed or underemployed workers looking to work in software development, sales, customer service, medical billing or other jobs in the field.

The certificate program aims to graduate more than 400 trainees each year.

Sam's Club offers free health screenings for women

Sam's Club offers free health screenings for women

ATLANTA – Sam’s Club is offering free women’s health screenings to help members take charge of their health.

This event, being held to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will test women’s blood pressure, BMI and test them for thyroid issues. Thyroid disease, in women, can often be a symptom of other issues like cancer and infertility.

According to Sam’s Club, “the disease causes the body to use energy either more slowly or quickly than it should, causing weight loss or gain, hot or cold flashes or drastic changes in energy level. Many people who have thyroid problems do not know until they are tested.”

Sam’s Club will, also, offer free samples of women’s health-related products and awareness information. For more information, times and locations of free health screenings in participating Sam’s Club locations, visit SamsClub.com/healthyliving.

Local counties observe National Adult Immunization Week

Local counties observe National Adult Immunization Week

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – If you thought getting your dreaded “shots” ended with your childhood. Think again.