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      Discussion on drugs at town hall meeting

      Stimulants, hallucinogens, opiates, marijuana, alcohol, depressants, inhalants, pcp, drugs - all the topic of discussion Saturday morning at a town hall meeting.

      Eddie Bankston attended the meeting and said, "my oldest brother, some years ago, said he was addicted to crack cocaine and that's when he lived in Miami, Florida however once I received him and picked him up, he sort of broke that habit."

      Not everyone can just break that habit, and Major Bill Berry made that clear today.

      Major Berry said, "Commissioner Howard asked me if I would discuss some of the issues see as far as drugs and illegal use of those drugs."

      He talked about drugs ranging from marijuana, to oxycodone how they affect people and the community, and finally meth, a big problem here in Southwest Georgia.

      Major Bill Berry adds that it is seen in traffic stops and through search warrants.

      Berry says there are about three arrests on average per day for drugs and if they continue the trend, they'll reach about 1,000 arrest by the end of the year.

      Bankston says, "it's very concerning; I think one of the greatest things we can do is educate."

      Berry adds if anyone sees a problem in the community, especially when it has to do with drugs, call the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit directly.