16,000 Needless Deaths

August 30, 2013 0

Drug overdoses are a major cause of preventable death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 Americans died from overdose every day in 2010.[i]  Prescription drugs were involved in at least half of the more than 38,300 overdose deaths that year, and opioid pain relievers were involved in over 16,600.[ii]  Drug overdose deaths outnumber deaths from gunshot wounds or motor vehicle crashes. To address this challenge, in […]

Director Kerlikowske on National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

August 26, 2013 0

In 2011, President Obama issued the first-ever Presidential Proclamation designating October National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. National Substance Abuse Prevention Month is a month-long observance to highlight the role substance abuse prevention plays in promoting safe and healthy communities. The month provides an important opportunity to pay tribute to the tragic losses attributed to substance abuse. The video message from Director Kerlikowske below provides ONDCP’s perspective on Prevention Month. 

Alcohol and your Heart

August 19, 2013 0

Drinking alcohol to excess can have serious consequences for your short and long-term health. As well as affecting your liver, did you know that too much alcohol can also have a negative impact on your heart? There’s no harm in enjoying an occasional drink in moderation, but drinking to excess can have a serious impact on your health. Cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease and stroke, are the leading cause of death worldwide, and […]

Random Alcohol Tests Instituted at Illinois High School

August 14, 2013 0

Students at a high school in Illinois will be randomly tested for alcohol this year, according to ABC News. The test uses hair samples. Students at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights have been randomly tested for drugs since 2007. All students are tested at the beginning of the year. Students are then randomly selected through a computerized system, using their ID numbers, throughout the year, and are tested again. This year, alcohol testing […]

Heroin Use Soars in Rural Areas

August 12, 2013 0

Rural areas are seeing a surge in heroin use, The Wall Street Journal reports. The rise comes as Mexican heroin production has increased in recent years. Officials seized 1,989 kilograms of heroin at the Southwest border, from Texas to California, in 2012, up from 487 kilograms in 2008, the article notes. Many people who were addicted to prescription painkillers switched to heroin after drug companies made their products more difficult to crush and snort. Heroin […]

Lunch Time Tweet of the Day

August 8, 2013 0

In 2009, an estimated 10.5 million people age 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the previous year. #FOTD — Lake County DFC (@LakeCountyDFC) August 5, 2013