Drug Disposal Day This Saturday

April 25, 2018 0

We’re deeply concerned by the opioid crisis that has impacted families in every corner of the United States. We started by thinking about how to bring Google’s technical expertise to help families combat the epidemic. Research by the federal government has shown that prescription drug abuse is a large driver of opioid addiction, and that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family or friends, often from a home medicine cabinet. The U.S. […]

Some facts from NIDA on the Opioid Overdose Crisis

February 12, 2018 0

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids.1 The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and […]

Walmart, Jewel-Osco take steps to help curb opioid epidemic

January 17, 2018 0

Easier disposal of drugs,  over-the-counter sale of OD antidote offered By Corilyn Shropshire and Lauren Zumbach Chicago Tribune Walmart and Jewel-Osco are joining the list of retailers making efforts to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. The world’s largest retailer said it wants to limit abuse of prescription opioids by making it easier for patients to dispose of leftover drugs. Meanwhile, Jewel-Osco is making opioid overdose antidote Narcan available to buy over the counter, the company announced […]

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. […]

Village of Round Lake Park- Prescription Medication Disposal Program Launches Home Pickup Initiative

May 5, 2017 0

Currently members of the public can dispose of their unwanted and expired prescription medications conveniently and safely at the Round Lake Park Police Department, located at 215 E. Main Street, Round Lake Park IL. The Police Department’s Prescription Medication Drop Off Disposal Program is available Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding holidays when the station is closed to the public (dates and times subject to change). Beginning May 1, 2017, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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