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John pressed her, got off the pain medica- medicines. Narcotics act and she finally showed tion, she was like herself as a stimulant first, said him her Percodan bottle again. John. "It gives you the hidden in her pocket. Meanwhile, John's sister most wonderful feeling" , "You're hiding it just like also got addicted to pre- said John. daddy!" said John. scription drugs, but she But then bodies develop John demanded his also was able to quit.a resistance to the drug, mom talk to her doctor, John's family's drug and it turns into a de- the same one his dad saw, problem is so severe that pressant, often leading to about how much she was when he broke his hip in suicide. Fortunately, John taking. When she re- 2013, he took some Hy-said younger doctors are turned from her appoint- drocodone and couldn'tmore leery of addiction ment, he asked her what even sleep. A pharmacist problems and less likely to the doctor said. friend told him he hadover prescribe painkillers. "He said to tell,you he's developed a phobia of John urges Monroe the doctor and its,none of pain pills. County residents to look your d-- business, lohn said he doesn't tell for szgns of drug addic- John then went with his his story to assign blame tion in their families, and mother to her psychiatrist for the past. That Forsyth get help if it's needed. in Macon who confronted doctor who struggled "I came forward because her with the fact she was with addiction wound up my daddy was a victim, addicted just like her late taking his own life as well. an example of what can husband. She denied it, Addiction is no respecter happen," said John. "I but they checked her into of persons or rank in soci- don't want it to happen to' ety. The hope, said John, is anyone else." rural By Richard Dumas Monroe County Hospital earned a profit of $453,000 for July primarily due to Georgia Heart Program tax credit donations, MCH chief financial officer Judy [TAKING APPOINTMENTS NOW,I 120 re. Lee treet Forsgth, (Medioal (20mplex) 478-992-6507 160 Pieroe Ave- M 312.04 478-743 090I Ware reported on Aug. 28. Ware said MCH has received about $1.3 million in pledges through the Georgia Heart Program and said the hospital will begin accepting new rural health tax credit donations at the beginning of its 2019 fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2018. in other Hospital Authority of Monroe County news: The Monroe County Hospital (MCH) surgery center is closed for 30 days starting on Tuesda); Sept. 4 so that a new air handling unit can be installed, Tim Slocum, Navicent Health vice president of system support services, said on Aug. 28. Slocum also said a con- struction bid for work to refurbish MCH's emergen- cy room will be awarded on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Monroe County Hospital is buying 29 new hospital beds and 6 new emergency roOm stretchers from MedSurge Group at the cost of about $227,000. Monroe County Hospi- tal (MCH) CEO Lorraine Smith said the hospital's current hospital beds are in really bad shape. The new beds will be bought using funds collected through the rural health tax credit program. The measure was ap- proved unanimously by the Hospital Authority of Monroe County at its Aug. 28 meeting. Monroe County Hospital is hiring Forsyth CableNet for about $30,000 to enhance public WiFi in- ternet capabilities at MCH. MCH nursing director Case), Fleckenstein said ER physicians often have to go outside in order to send and receive medical-related e-mails and calls. The new WiFi will be paid for using funds collected through the rural health tax credit program. 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