FBI Video, “Chasing the Dragon,” Illustrates Opiate Addiction’s Toll

February 22, 2016 0

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has created a documentary this week that illustrates the toll of opiate addiction, The Kansas City Star reports. The film, called “Chasing the Dragon,” will be distributed to school districts nationwide and can be downloaded for free. High school students are a principal target audience of the film. The documentary is designed to send a message of deterrence to young people thinking of trying drugs, or who are just […]

More Than 47,000 Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2014, Setting Record

January 5, 2016 0

More than 47,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014, setting a new record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drug overdoses increased 6.5 percent from 2013. The states with the highest overdose death rates were West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, and Ohio, Reuters reports. Deaths from opioids, including painkillers and heroin, accounted for 61 percent of overdose deaths in 2014. Opioid deaths increased 14 percent from the previous year. […]

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 […]

Baltimore Sun Editorial on Opioid Misuse

October 5, 2015 0

The statistics are sobering. Last year, nearly 900 Marylanders died from opioid misuse, including 578 from heroin alone, which means that opioid deaths account for more than 85 percent of all intoxication deaths throughout the state. And the problem is worsening; the 2014 data represent a 22 percent increase from the previous year and a 76 percent increase since 2010. Opioids are painkillers, like morphine and others, and the stories of the pain they cause […]

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 […]

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 […]

45% of painkiller users do not know they are taking opioids

July 27, 2015 0

Forty-five percent of Americans who use opioid prescription painkillers do not realize they are taking an opioid, or that the drug is just as addictive as heroin, according to a National Safety Councilsurvey. In fact, opioid painkillers and heroin have nearly identical chemical makeups and produce the same effects. Drug overdoses, largely from opioid painkillers, are a leading cause of unintentional injury death for American adults. The epidemic is a primary focus of National Safety Month, observed […]

Sports Illustrated– How painkillers are turning young athletes into heroin addicts

July 21, 2015 0

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated had a compelling piece on prescription drug abuse and the jump to heroin addiction. Roman Montano had barely learned cursive when he was asked to sign his first baseball. Parents of teammates had watched him dominate game after game in Albuquerque’s Little League during the summer of 2000, mowing down batters and belting home runs. The autograph requests were mostly facetious, but what they signified was clear: The kid was going […]

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

May 21, 2015 0

Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. The studies, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, were scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in Toronto. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The […]

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