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One person dead, two hospitalized after separate drug overdoses in Forsyth County

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Source: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Source: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Authorities believe a "bad batch" of deadly drugs such as heroin or Fentanyl have made their way into Forsyth County following a series of drug overdoses in one weekend. 

One person has died and two have been hospitalized in serious condition.

"Our deputies are working nonstop to locate and apprehend the dealers of this poison in our community," sheriff officials stated on their Facebook page.

Deputies said they found evidence of drug trafficking taking place including large amounts of suspected heroin, marijuana, prescription narcotics, unknown white powder, as well as large sums of money at the scene of the fatal overdose.

"Every day our deputies work hard to save lives, we are committed to going after anyone dealing drugs in this community and keeping Forsyth safe,"
 officials said.

County leaders are now providing teaching tools to prevent deaths. Nearly 400 people showed up for a drug summit on Tuesday. Those in attendance learned what to look out for if they suspect their family member is using a dangerous drugs.

Victoria Torres was at the meeting and says she's used drugs for years but has been sober for 4 years. She's now working with others to prevent more people from becoming addicted.

"When I was high it made me like a lot more outgoing and social and it made me be the person that I wanted to be that I just couldn't be," said Torres. 

The summit focused on students and the county's schools to help educate parents and their children as early as possible.

This comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was in Atlanta last week for the 6th annual National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Price pledged $485 million in grant money that will go towards prevention and treatment programs.

Georgia is set to receive nearly $12 million from the grant. Price says it's part of a five-part strategy by the Trump administration in the fight against opioid addiction.

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