City of Johns Creek, Georgia February 2012
COPS Connect - community involvement
Mid-month communications from your Johns Creek Police Department 
PACT (Police and Community Together)

Dear Johns Creek residents and business owners,
I'd like to invite you to follow the JCPD on Facebook and Twitter. We are regularly posting crime alerts, BOLOs ("Be on the Lookout") for missing persons and criminal suspects, along with information on community service programs and JCPD volunteer outreach activities.
Daily updates from the City's Public Works Department on current road work or road closures - often affecting traffic - are also posted.
Stay in the know: follow us today by clicking on the icons below.
Stay safe,
Sgt. Debra Kalish
Community Services
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Prescription painkiller overdoses now an epidemic in U.S.
pills
More people die in the U.S. from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A recent CDC study shows these overdoses are now at an epidemic level: nearly 15,000 Americans die each year from the misuse and abuse of drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone.
Here are the CDC's guidelines for avoiding these overdoses:
  • Use prescription painkillers only as directed by your health care provider.
  • Make sure you are the only one to use your prescription painkillers. Do not sell or share them with others helps prevent misuse and abuse.
  • Store prescription painkillers in a secure place and dispose of them properly at events like the JCPD-hosted National Prevention Take Back Drugs Day.
  • Get help for substance abuse problems if needed (1-800-662-HELP).
Scam Alert: timeshare marketing
beach & palm trees
The FBI says that timeshare owners across the U.S. are being scammed by fraudulent companies that promise to sell or rent the unsuspecting victims' timeshares.
In the typical scam, timeshare owners receive uninvited telephone calls or e-mails from criminals posing as sales representatives for a timeshare resale company. The rep promises a quick sale - usually within 60-90 days - and charges an upfront fee, but then disappears. In some cases, owners are getting scammed twice when they are then contacted by fraudulent timeshare recovery companies.
If this has happened to you, first call 911 to request a JCPD officer to respond to you, and then report the scam to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. Read more.
"Bath Salts," latest trend in synthetic drugs
bath salts
Emergency rooms across the U.S., including North Fulton, are seeing an increase of patients needing treatment for synthetic (or chemically enhanced) drug use, and the latest craze is "bath salts."
These are not actually bath salts but are toxic products marketed as bath salts and actually contain chemicals that imitate the hallucinogenic or stimulant properties of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine. Users snort, ingest, smoke or inject the synthetic product.
Sold under names like Aura, Ivory Wave, Loco-Motion and Vanilla Sky on the internet, at convenience stores and head shops, these products can cause increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, agitation, hallucinations, extreme paranoia and delusions. They are also considered highly addictive.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2010, there were about 300 calls to poison control centers related specifically to "bath salts." In the first eight months of 2011, that number was already more than 4,700.
About 28 states have banned the sale of these products, but Georgia is not one of them. Last October, the DEA took emergency action, and three of the chemical ingredients in the products are now temporarily (until Oct. 2012) illegal.
4th JCPD Special Olympics Golf Tournament, April 23
Special Olympics Georgia
As part of its ongoing fundraising for Special Olympics Georgia, the JCPD will host its annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament, Monday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at St. Ives Country Club.
For the last three years, the Johns Creek community has been very supportive of the tournament, helping the JCPD raise over $100,000 for the non-profit's work with 23,000 intellectually disabled Georgians.
We sincerely hope that you will sign up for this year's tournament and come out have some fun, while helping a good cause. For more information, please contact Corporal Jimmy Marshall at 678-474-1561 or james.marshall@johnscreekga.gov.
See the Tournament Registration / Sponsorship Opportunities.
Crime & traffic information for last month
Crime Stats
Total calls for service
Total arrests
Total car break-ins
Total burglaries
DUIs
Traffic accidents
6,579
126
11
13
23
161

Top 5 intersections for accidents:
1. Medlock Bridge & State Bridge
2. Johns Creek Pkwy & Lakefield Dr.
3. Jones Bridge & State Bridge
4. Medlock Bridge & Abbotts Bridge
5. Medlock Bridge & Medlock Crossing
Most accidents last month were caused by following too closely, and occurred on Friday evenings in clear weather. 34% reported injuries; there were no fatalities.
Burglaries (13): 5950 State Bridge Road, Chelsea Ridge Apts., Riverwood, Linkwood, Addison Place Apts., Abberly Towneship, Randolph Hall, Blackstone, Abbotts Landing, Creekside, and Inisfree (3).
Car break-ins (11):Rivermont Village, 11405 Medlock Bridge Road, Newtown Park (2), 11105 State Bridge Road (3), Cameron Forest, Finley Chase, and Aylesbury Farms (2).
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