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 […]

10 percent revived by Narcan in Mass. died within year, study says

November 1, 2017 0

From the Boston Globe, October 30, 2017– One in 10 Massachusetts residents who were revived from an overdose by a fast-acting antidote went on to die within a year, according to research providing stark evidence that merely reversing overdoses will not end the opioid crisis. The study, presented Monday at a medical conference, tracked what happened to thousands of people who received the overdose rescue drug naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan. Nearly […]

Dentists and Opioids

October 21, 2017 0

The opioid epidemic has been fueled by soaring numbers of prescriptions written for pain medication. And often, those prescriptions are written by dentists. “We’re in the pain business,” says Paul Moore, a dentist and pharmacologist at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. “People come to see us when they’re in pain. Or after we’ve treated them, they leave in pain.” Indeed, 12 percent of prescriptions for immediate-release opioids are written by dentists. In 2012, dentists ranked […]

One short letter’s huge impact on the opioid epidemic

June 2, 2017 0

Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Drug overdoses overall — most of them from opioid painkillers and heroin — are the leading cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car accidents. In fact, while Americans represent only about 5% of the global population, they consume about 80% of the world’s opioid painkillers. But how did we get to this point? Many public health experts point to […]

Drugs Kill More People Than Cars or Guns

May 16, 2017 0

Each year, more than 40,000 Americans die from drug overdoses. That’s on par with the annual death toll from HIV/AIDS at the peak of the US epidemic, in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and far more than are killed each year from car accidents or gun violence. More than half of those overdose deaths involved opioids, a class of drugs including heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, and fentanyl. So dire is the epidemic of opioid addiction that it […]

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 […]

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