Expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services

June 29, 2016 0

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addictions, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication-Assisted Treatment program. It is expanding treatment to 200 people struggling with opioid addictions through a grant of $325,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration. “The expansion of our MAT program is an essential next step in the regional effort to address the opioid epidemic, which has had […]

Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

May 25, 2016 0

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left. That story still circulates within the business community of this historic port city. But the problem has gotten worse. All over the country, employers say they see […]

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 […]

Former FDA head: Opioid epidemic one of “great mistakes of modern medicine”

May 13, 2016 0

Doctor David Kessler, who ran the FDA from 1990 to 1997, doesn’t hold back when talking about the explosion in opioid use in the last two decades. “This has been one of the great mistakes of modern medicine,” said Kessler, who went on to say opioid addiction in the U.S. amounts to an epidemic. “FDA has responsibility, the pharmaceutical companies have responsibility, physicians have responsibility. We didn’t see these drugs for what they truly are,” […]

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 […]

Many thanks to our friends at Speak-Up and LEAD

April 25, 2016 0

Ty Sells & Bill Gentes did an extraordinary job shattering myths and providing parents with tools on how to communicate to their children about drugs. @y2y1982 @lakecountydfc #iprevent #Prevention #Education #Children #LakeForest #Chicago #Illinois #IL #NonProfit #SocialMedia #Keynote #PreventionSquad #LifetimeLearner #Hospital #Saturday #Weekend #Northwestern #Leaders #Advocate #Listen #Engage #Interns #ChangeAgent #Marijuana #AskAboutPrevention #Professional #Coalitions #Parenting #KnowTheFacts #Healthy A photo posted by LEAD (@leadlflb) on Apr 16, 2016 at 1:22pm PDT

Congressman Dold on Opioid’s

April 11, 2016 0

In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) will discuss Congress’s work to combat the growing opioid epidemic that is plaguing the country. “As a co-chair of the Suburban Anti-Heroin Task Force in Illinois, I’ve seen firsthand the unimaginable suffering that heroin has brought onto families in our community and around the country,” Rep. Dold said. “Heroin doesn’t discriminate by demographics, zip code, or partisanship, which is why we can’t let politics get in the […]

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age

April 8, 2016 0

How old is your child? 2 to 4 Year Old Since the foundation for all healthy habits — from nutrition to toothbrushing— is laid down during the preschool years, this is a great time to set the stage for a drug-free life. Tips What to Say 5 to 8 Year Old 5-to-8-year olds are still tied to family and eager to please but they’re also beginning to explore their individuality. Tips What to Say Your […]

Study Links Marijuana Use to Greater Risk for Developing Addiction to Other Drugs

March 1, 2016 0

A new study suggests marijuana smokers may be significantly more likely to develop an addiction to other drugs and alcohol than people who don’t use marijuana. People who used marijuana were not more likely to develop a mood or anxiety disorder,HealthDay reports. “This new finding raises the possibility that the recent rise in marijuana use may be contributing to the coincident rise in serious harms related to narcotics and other drugs of abuse,” said lead […]

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