More than 8 million people in the US have mental health problems

April 18, 2017 0

Americans are experiencing serious psychological distress in higher numbers than ever before. More than 8 million adults in the US between the ages 18 and 64 have mental health issues – that’s 3.4 per cent of the nation’s population. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted an annual national health survey for the past 60 years. Respondents are asked how often over the past month they felt certain feelings, such as […]

Interesting information on Marijuana and Driving from Colorado

March 10, 2017 0

The Colorado Department of Transportation is not encouraged by some of the results of a recent survey that had drivers candidly discuss their driving habits. Nearly a quarter of Colorado drivers admit to having recently read messages on their phones while driving, according to the survey. And the number of drivers who admitted to speeding (69 percent) is increasing, with about a quarter of drivers saying they speed more often than not. The results aren’t […]

Great site for Lake County: Live Well Lake County

January 3, 2017 0

Our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a coordinated plan of action to respond to the health needs of the community. The purpose of Lake County’s Community Health Improvement Plan is to: Identify our community health priorities Monitor our progress in achieving these outcomes Improve our community’s health Focus our attention and resources on strategies to affect positive health outcomes The Live Well Lake County Committee is made up of representatives from a variety of […]

A State and National Overview of the Opioid and Heroin Crisis

November 23, 2016 0

Opioid and heroin use is surging in Illinois communities and across the country with dramatic increases in the number of users and deaths by overdose. Communities, criminal justice practitioners, and public health professionals are struggling to help those suffering from opioid use disorders and, ultimately, save lives. This article provides an overview of the opioid epidemic and its causes, including the link between prescription opioids and heroin. Today, more Americans die from drug overdoses than […]

#LakeCountyPrevention Instagram Merger

November 1, 2016 0

Happy Halloween! The former @01moreis01less and @LakeCountyDFC have joined forces on Instagram as @LakeCountyPrevention! Your one stop shop for all things prevention. Websites and other media outlets will remain the same! Tag your photos #LakeCountyPrevention 👻🎃 A photo posted by Lake County Prevention (@lakecountyprevention) on Oct 31, 2016 at 2:17pm PDT

Safeguard Medicine in Your Home

September 9, 2016 0

Protect Your Kids: 3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the teens in your life don’t have access to your medicine. Find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home. Step 1: Monitor Parents are in an influential position to immediately help reduce teen access […]

America’s opioid addiction: ‘I ended up selling all my valuable stuff to buy pills’

May 19, 2016 0

On the outskirts of Kingsport, Tennessee, Kim, a therapist, faces a small group of people sitting in folding chairs. She’s helping them rid their life of illegal drugs. The attendees are all white and working class, self-described “dirt poor”, and none with college degrees. They have come to spend hours talking of past and present pains, offer each other support, and pee in a cup. If they pass the test, they will get their weekly […]

Suicide Rate on the Rise; Experts Say Rising Drug Use May Be Contributing Factor

May 9, 2016 0

The suicide rate in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The researchers say increasing drug use may be one of the contributing factors. The economy is another possible factor in the increasing suicide rate, The Wall Street Journal reports. Suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States, the report notes. The suicide rate continued to […]

The Brain Likes It!

May 2, 2016 0

He had been clean less than a year when his son broke a wrist, requiring a trip to the emergency room. The situation was terrifying for Mark, a Lake Villa resident who became addicted to pain medication after being prescribed hydrocodone for his chronic shoulder pain. He asked not to be identified due to the possible repercussions. When his son was prescribed a mix of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, Mark worried that the teen could also […]

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