These are some of the key ways that parents can prevent their child’s abuse of prescription drugs or determine if they may already have an problem: Educate yourself. Check out the various resources on this site and others to learn as much as you can about the dangers of prescription drugs. Talk to your child about the extreme dangers of “Pharm” or “Skittles” parties, as early as middle school. At these parties, a bowl of […]
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Here is the Lake County data from the Illinois Youth Survey, you can compare and contrast how we match up versus Illinois and the US as a whole. The yellow numbers are areas where we do better then the states or the US, and red is where we do worse. This data was collected in 2012, we are gearing up to do the 2014 survey this spring.
1. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than motor vehicle crashes. Drug overdoses killed more than 38,000 people in 2010; about 105 deaths per day. Of these deaths, prescription painkiller overdoses killed 16,500 people; about 45 deaths per day. “Prescription painkillers” refers to opioid or narcotic pain relievers, such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone. 2. Enough painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one […]
Drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, claims a paper published recently on the British Medical Journal website. The paper’s authors, from Dalhousie University, reviewed nine studies with a total sample of 49,411 people to determine whether the consumption of cannabis increases the risk of a motor vehicle collision.This is the […]
Ten percent of 14- to 20-year-olds treated in the emergency room for any reason say they have misused prescription drugs at least once in the last year, a new study finds. The researchers at the University of Michigan found most of the teens who admitted to misusing prescription drugs used other people’s medications. Teens who misused prescription drugs were significantly more likely to also have abused alcohol and non-prescription drugs such as cough medicine, or […]