White House Drug Policy Office Awards $125,000 to County Task Force to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Lake County

September 29, 2015 0

Grants Support Administration Efforts to Emphasize Prevention Among Youth Washington D.C. – Today, Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million.  The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol.  The Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force from Lake County, Illinois was one of the grant recipients and will […]

Second Donation of Naloxone Made to Help Save Lives in Lake County

September 23, 2015 0

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center and Lake County officials on Tuesday honored a pharmaceutical company for a second donation of a drug administered by law enforcement that has already assisted in saving 33 lives throughout Lake County. Virginia-based kaléo is matching last year’s donation of 3,000 kits of EVZIO (naloxone HCI injection), to the Health Department. Each kit contains two single-dose EVZIO auto-injectors containing the drug naloxone and a trainer for practice. In […]

Young adults believe e-cigarettes, hookahs safer than cigarettes: study

September 14, 2015 0

New Brunswick, NJ – Many young adults consider e-cigarettes and hookahs safer than traditional cigarettes, according to a new study from Rutgers University. The study involved nearly 2,900 adults 18 to 34 years old, both smokers and non-smokers. Nearly 58 percent of participants said e-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes, and about 25 percent believe hookahs are less harmful than cigarettes. Other findings include: Nearly 63 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds believe e-cigarettes are safer than […]

Kids younger than 12 misusing prescription drugs, study suggests

September 8, 2015 0

Ann Arbor, MI – More than 10 percent of children have illegally used another individual’s prescription medication, and an increasing number are doing so at a younger age, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Researchers analyzed data of more than 5,000 Detroit-area students and found the number of children illegally taking prescription drugs at a younger age has more than doubled over a 10-year period. Of children born between 1991 and […]

Why Medical Marijuana Can Still Get You Fired in Illinois

September 4, 2015 0

Although the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act prohibits employers from discriminating against a marijuana patient, the act permits companies to drug test, enforce zero-tolerance policies, and discipline qualifying patients for violations. The Illinois law does not protect patients from being fired for failing a drug test. Employers can accommodate a worker’s medical marijuana use, but they are not required to do so. The Illinois Human Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities […]