2017-2018 Supplement Sold Out

October 19, 2018 0

This week we gave away our last physical copy of our 2017-2018 supplement that we run in the Daily Herald every two years. We always get 5,000 extraprinted , and it took us about 12 months to distribute all of those. Which is a good thing! However it still lives on in electronic form! You can access them here as a PDF, while not full sized, the information is all there. Click here for the […]

Unwise opioids for wisdom teeth: Study shows link to long-term use in teens, young adults

August 9, 2018 0

Getting wisdom teeth removed may be a rite of passage for many teens and young adults, but the opioid painkiller prescriptions that many of them receive could set them on a path to long-term opioid use, a new University of Michigan study finds. Young people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription immediately before or after they had their wisdom teeth out were nearly 2.7 times as likely as their peers to still […]

A Way Out Turns 2 this month.

June 4, 2018 0

The Lake County Opioid Initiative (LCOI) is proud to announce that the Waukegan Police Department and the Lake Zurich Police Department have been added as entry points for the Lake County Opioid Initiative’s ‘A Way Out’ (AWO) Program. With these additions, there are now a total of thirteen ‘A Way Out’ police entry points across Lake County. “The City of Waukegan is very grateful for the opportunity to join this program.  This will be another […]

Drug Disposal Day This Saturday

April 25, 2018 0

We’re deeply concerned by the opioid crisis that has impacted families in every corner of the United States. We started by thinking about how to bring Google’s technical expertise to help families combat the epidemic. Research by the federal government has shown that prescription drug abuse is a large driver of opioid addiction, and that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family or friends, often from a home medicine cabinet. The U.S. […]

New Lake County Program Takes High-Tech Approach to Fight Repeat Drunk Driving

April 16, 2018 0

Alcohol-sensing anklets address DUIs and alcohol-fueled crime With nearly 1,800 DUI arrests in 2016 Lake County has the fourth highest rate of drunk driving in Illinois, and high-risk DUI offenders—those who repeatedly drive drunk or are most likely to cause a serious crash—account for up to a third of those arrests. Now, to improve public safety and reduce repeat offenses, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office has launched a new program that will monitor these […]

Great study released

March 19, 2018 0

Today, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), the leading, nonpartisan U.S. organization offering a science-based approach to marijuana policy, released the most comprehensive study to date today entitled: Lessons from Marijuana Legalization in Four U.S. States and D.C.“ This study, validated by scientists from around the country, found that since legalization, marijuana use has soared, the black market is thriving, and communities of color are being negatively affected. The study found that legalized states are leading […]

Some facts from NIDA on the Opioid Overdose Crisis

February 12, 2018 0

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and […]

Facts to know on Underage Drinking

February 6, 2018 0

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States.1 Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, and cost the U.S. $24 billion in economic costs in 2010.2,3 Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.4 More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form […]

Walmart, Jewel-Osco take steps to help curb opioid epidemic

January 17, 2018 0

Easier disposal of drugs,  over-the-counter sale of OD antidote offered By Corilyn Shropshire and Lauren Zumbach Chicago Tribune Walmart and Jewel-Osco are joining the list of retailers making efforts to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. The world’s largest retailer said it wants to limit abuse of prescription opioids by making it easier for patients to dispose of leftover drugs. Meanwhile, Jewel-Osco is making opioid overdose antidote Narcan available to buy over the counter, the company announced […]

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