Underage Drunk Driving Fatalities (Under 21)

May 30, 2013 0

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, among persons under 21, the number killed in drunk driving crashes decreased 76% from the record high of 5,215 in 1982 to 1,249 in 2011. These fatalities account for 13% of the drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2013) For every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.4 people were killed in drunk driving fatalities in 2011. The […]

Marijuana & Public Health

May 28, 2013 0

This is from the excellent site SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) on the reality we face with public health surrounding marijuana legalization. Health Issues at a Glance Science has learned more about marijuana in the past 20 years than in the preceding two centuries. Ironically, however, there has been a major disconnection between the scientific knowledge gained and the public’s understanding of the drug. People often refer to their own experiences with marijuana, rather than […]

Lake County bats 1.000!

May 20, 2013 0

On April 27, 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public at more than 5,829 locations manned by 4,312 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies that partnered with DEA on the event.  When added to the collections from DEA’s previous five Take-Back events, more than 2.8 million pounds (1,409 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation. Lake County roughly added about 1,000 pounds to the haul […]

Are Teen Drivers Operating Under The Delusion That They Are Indestructible?

May 13, 2013 0

USA Today April 25, 2013– Nearly 23 percent of teens admit to driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs at some point, according to a new Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual survey of 1,708 11th and 12th graders. Almost 20 percent of those who drink and drive say alcohol improves their driving–a view shared by 34 percent of those who drive under the influence of marijuana. Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/25/teens-drunken-driving-impaired-survey/2106325

Radio Ads on WXLC starting Monday!

May 10, 2013 0

Our youth group has prepared two commercials for WXLC that will air all next week, but I am allowing our loyal blog readers a sneak listen to the great commercials these young adults, wrote, produced and then did the voices! Rx Abuse is a big deal!  Prescription Drop Box Locations

Open letter on Marijuana.

May 9, 2013 0

On April 17, 2013 the Illinois House of Representatives passed HB-001, often referred to as “Medical Marijuana” legislation, by a vote of 61-57 in favor. The legislation is next expected to be called for a vote in the Senate sometime during the next few weeks.  As a Law Enforcement Official for 37 years and the Chief of Police in Deerfield, IL for 12 years I find it imperative to voice my concerns concerning this pending […]

Drug Registry Program Cuts Down on Prescription Abuse

May 8, 2013 0

This article and video (2:55 minutes) discuss Montana’s prescription drug registry program. It’s said that one person in the state dies from a prescription drug overdose every day. Physicians, pharmacies, and emergency room doctors use the registry on a daily basis and believe it is making a difference. Read more: http://www.kaj18.com/news/drug-registry-program-cuts-down-on-prescription-abuse/#!prettyPhoto/0

Kaiser Program Leads to Huge Reduction in Vicodin and Oxycontin Prescriptions

May 6, 2013 0

A 2-year Kaiser Permanente program that teaches doctors how to safely prescribe pain medication. The program has significantly reduced the number of prescriptions for pain relievers like OxyContin and Vicodin. Doctors learn facts about narcotics not always taught in medical school–for example, how pain pills are as potent as morphine. They also learn prescribing more than 120 milligrams a day can lead to addiction and death and that the more pills they prescribe, the more […]

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