Representative Yingling Holds First Youth Heroin Use Task Force Hearing

March 10, 2014 0

This is from the Grayslake Patch. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Hainesville, convened the very first hearing of the newly formed Youth Heroin Use Task Force yesterday in Springfield. The task force is the product of legislation Yingling passed last session creating the committee to study heroin use in young adults across the state. The principal goal of the committee is to reduce and prevent heroin use in teens and young adults in […]

Chicago Tribune Article on Heroin

September 25, 2013 0

Johnny Dudek had piercing blue eyes, swooping bangs and a perfect grin — thanks to the braces that came off not long ago. Soon to turn 16, he was excited about getting the white Grand Am his grandmother left him before she died, though his parents said he needed to improve his grades before he could get a driver’s license. His mother caught him smoking marijuana a year earlier. Still, Ruth Dudek said she never […]

Recently Released U.S. Drug Survey Shows Marijuana Use Among U.S. Residents Continues to Increase; No Change in Heroin Use

September 16, 2013 0

Marijuana use continues to increase among U.S. residents ages 12 and older, according to recently released data from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). An estimated 31.5 million residents reported using marijuana in the past year, compared to approximately 25 million each year from 2002 to 2008. The nonmedical use of prescription drugs, which is the second most commonly used illicit substance, increased from an estimated 14.7 million users in 2011 […]

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 […]

Understanding Suburban Heroin Use

March 6, 2013 0

This document is the Executive Summary of a report created by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. The consortium is hosted by Roosevelt University. Some of the information given in the summary really jumps out. Mexican heroin production has increased significantly since 2002 from an estimated 6.8 metric tons to a production level of 50 metric tons in 2011—a more than seven-fold increase in just seven years. This increase in production has made heroin more […]

Task Force to address Heroin in Illinois

February 12, 2013 0

Good article from the Daily Herald about a task force proposed by State Representative Sam Yingling (Grayslake) to address the Heroin issue here in Illinois and in Lake County. To read the complete article go here

Forum on Understanding Suburban Heroin Use

November 18, 2012 0

We recently attended an excellent informative program put on by the Robert Crown Center on Heroin in the local communities. The event was sponsored by Congressman Dold, School Districts 125, 128, 214, and the Lake County Regional Office of Education. Some Heroin facts attendees learned about were: More than one third of the research sample began using heroin while they were in high school; those who used in high school were from all socioeconomic groups. […]

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