Amount of Opioids Prescribed Declined from 2010-2015, But Remains High

July 13, 2017 0

There was an overall decline in the amount of opioids prescribed in the United States between 2010 and 2015, but the quantity of prescriptions is still extremely high, according to a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the amount of opioids prescribed was three times higher in 2015 than in 1999, The New York Times reports. The amount of opioids prescribed varies county by county, the CDC found. […]

Save-A-Star Drug Disposal Program Assisting Residents of Lake County

April 25, 2017 0

Lake County Health Department and the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force is proactive in finding ways to help its citizens avoid and overcome issues with alcohol and drug use.  One of the programs Lake County is involved with is the Save-A-Star Drug Disposal Program, run by the The Save-A-Star Drug Awareness Foundation.  http://www.saveastar.org/index2.html Save-A-Star has initiated drug disposal programs in communities across the United States. The goal of this program is […]

Stevenson High School to host Rx Drug Misuse Parent Night

February 20, 2017 0

Rx Drug Misuse Parent Night: March 2nd, 7:00 PM at Stevenson High School, Recital Hall. The Catalyst Group at Stevenson has organized this informational evening for parents interested in learning more about what’s happening in our community in terms of prescription drug misuse and the risks associated with these trends for our teens. This event was organized as a result of Catalyst’s relationship with the Bardos family who lost their son, Sean, to a prescription […]

Pharma Execs Arrested in Shockingly Organized Scheme to Overprescribe Notorious Opioid

December 19, 2016 0

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—the drug that killed Prince—rose by nearly 75 percent in 2015. On the same day, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced the arrest of six former employees, including a former CEO and two former vice presidents, of the Phoenix-based and NASDAQ-traded fentanyl producer Insys Therapeutics. The individuals are charged with bribing doctors and otherwise conspiring to […]

Senator Durbin visits ‘extraordinary’ Lake County drug collection program

October 30, 2016 0

NOTE: Thanks to the News Sun for the original article. As communities across America continue to be plagued by an opioid-addiction crisis, Lake County boasts “the largest and most successful” pharmaceutical collection program in Illinois, officials told U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Thursday as he visited the Gurnee-based agency that manages the effort. The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) has collected and destroyed more than $1.2 million worth of controlled substances to date, the […]

Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks Available at Three Lake County Walgreens Locations

October 13, 2016 0

New medication disposal kiosks at three Lake County Walgreens locations will allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. The kiosks offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else. Local and state elected leaders, including Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, Undersheriff Raymond J. Rose, […]

Safeguard Medicine in Your Home

September 9, 2016 0

Protect Your Kids: 3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the teens in your life don’t have access to your medicine. Find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home. Step 1: Monitor Parents are in an influential position to immediately help reduce teen access […]

1 2