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 […]

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 […]

Most Juveniles in Chicago Detention Center Have Had Drug or Alcohol Problems

March 24, 2016 0

Most teens who have gone through the juvenile detention center in Chicago have been diagnosed with drug or alcohol abuse or dependency at some point in their lives, a new study finds. Northwestern University researchers found more than 90 percent of males and almost 80 percent of females who went through the detention center had substance use problems during their teen years or in young adulthood, the Chicago Tribune reports.  The study tracked 1,829 youths […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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