Why drug court works: Most offenders get the help they need to stay out of trouble

June 24, 2013 0

Treatment court, usually referred to as “drug court,” helps offenders whose use of alcohol and/or drugs has gotten them into trouble with the law. Many times these men and women have never had their chemical dependence addressed. And it’s often the underlying problem causing their legal issues. Treatment court offers a life-changing alternative to incarceration for that offender. A quick background: These courts came about in 1989 in Miami-Dade County back when crack began rearing […]

Walgreens to pay $80 million for oxycodone violations

June 19, 2013 0

Walgreens has been handed the largest fine in the history of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, will pay $80 million in fines to end a DEA probe into allegations it allowed millions of controlled substances, including the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone, to reach the black market. The settlement is the largest civil penalty paid under the Controlled Substances Act in Drug Enforcement Administration history, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said […]

Lake County Deaths

June 10, 2013 0

Here is a simple chart outlining the number of deaths via overdose, suicide and motor vehicle deaths. This data was put together by the excellent data professionals at the Lake County Coroners office. Overdoses have exceeded suicides and car crashes for 9 straight years. This mirrors the increase in Heroin being pumped into the United States since the early part of the 2000’s.

Carpentersville moves to regulate medical marijuana

June 6, 2013 0

From the June 5th Daily Herald. If Gov. Pat Quinn ever signs the law that allows the use of medical marijuana in Illinois, Carpentersville leaders will be ready. Tuesday night, the board agreed to restrictions that would regulate where medical marijuana could be bought and force growers and sellers to first secure a special permit. Trustees will vote on the resolution that outlines the new rules at their June 18 board meeting. The resolution wouldn’t […]

Medical pot laws & treats may send more kids to ER

June 3, 2013 0

Great article from the UK Guardian. AP CHICAGO (AP) — Increased use of medical marijuana may lead to more young children getting sick from accidentally eating food made with the drug, a Colorado study suggests. Medical marijuana items include yummy-looking gummy candies, cookies and other treats that may entice young children. Fourteen children were treated at Colorado Children’s Hospital in the two years after a 2009 federal policy change led to a surge in medical […]