Rate of Alcohol-Induced Deaths Increased 37% Since 2002

January 11, 2016 0

The rate of alcohol-induced deaths has increased 37 percent since 2002, reaching 30,700 U.S. deaths in 2014, The Washington Post reports. The alcohol death rate is the highest in 35 years, the newspaper notes. Alcohol-induced deaths included those from alcohol poisoning and cirrhosis. There were 9.6 deaths from alcohol-induced causes per 100,000 people in 2014. These deaths do not include those from drunk driving, other accidents and homicides committed under the influence of alcohol. If […]

Study Finds the Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Doubled Over Past Decade

October 26, 2015 0

The percentage of Americans who reported using marijuana in the past year more than doubled between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013, and the increase in marijuana use disorder during that time was nearly as large. Past year marijuana use rose from 4.1 percent to 9.5 percent of the U.S. adult population, while the prevalence of marijuana use disorder rose from 1.5 percent to 2.9 percent, according to national surveys conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse […]

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 […]

More Than 4 Million Americans Admit to Driving While Intoxicated in Past Month

August 12, 2015 0

More than 4 million Americans admit they have driven while intoxicated at least once in the past month, a new government study finds. The typical drunk driver is a young male with a history of binge drinking. About 4.2 million people—close to 2 percent of American adults—admitted to driving drunk in the prior month, HealthDay reports. Alcohol-impaired driving crashes account for about one-third of all U.S. crash deaths in the past two decades, according to […]

New Law goes into effect with help from the Task Force

January 5, 2015 0

From the December 20th Lake County News Sun. Parents and guardians considering allowing their teens to host parties will be responsible for more than just the alcohol consumed in the house when the new year rolls in. Beginning Jan. 1, parents and guardians can be fined up to $2,000 if they allow those under 21 to drink in vehicles, trailers, campers or boats under their ownership or control. And if a death occurs as a […]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

June 30, 2014 0

This Fourth of July Family, friends, food and fireworks are all words that are synonymous with an iconic American holiday- the Fourth of July. However, many Americans celebrate Independence Day with alcohol, making the Fourth of July one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads. Many communities are stepping up police presence in accordance with the ongoing ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ enforcement crackdown. Thanks to startling statistics published […]

Study says: Drinking and Driving Unsafe at any Level.

February 6, 2014 0

Even a .01 blood alcohol content (BAC) can impair driving, reports a new large-scale study, which found small amounts of alcohol made drivers nearly twice as likely to be at fault in an accident with a sober driver. “We find no safe combination of drinking and driving — no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car,” lead researcher and University of San Diego sociologist David […]

Cannabis Use Doubles Chances of Vehicle Crash, Review Finds

November 25, 2013 0

Drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, claims a paper published recently on the British Medical Journal website. The paper’s authors, from Dalhousie University, reviewed nine studies with a total sample of 49,411 people to determine whether the consumption of cannabis increases the risk of a motor vehicle collision.This is the […]

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