A Way Out Turns 2 this month.

June 4, 2018 0

The Lake County Opioid Initiative (LCOI) is proud to announce that the Waukegan Police Department and the Lake Zurich Police Department have been added as entry points for the Lake County Opioid Initiative’s ‘A Way Out’ (AWO) Program. With these additions, there are now a total of thirteen ‘A Way Out’ police entry points across Lake County. “The City of Waukegan is very grateful for the opportunity to join this program.  This will be another […]

New Lake County Program Takes High-Tech Approach to Fight Repeat Drunk Driving

April 16, 2018 0

Alcohol-sensing anklets address DUIs and alcohol-fueled crime With nearly 1,800 DUI arrests in 2016 Lake County has the fourth highest rate of drunk driving in Illinois, and high-risk DUI offenders—those who repeatedly drive drunk or are most likely to cause a serious crash—account for up to a third of those arrests. Now, to improve public safety and reduce repeat offenses, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office has launched a new program that will monitor these […]

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 […]

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 […]

Data On Drug Use Is Disappearing Just When We Need It Most

July 3, 2017 0

This is from the website fivethirtyeight.com, the complete article is here. It’s no secret that heroin has become an epidemic in the United States. Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than sixfold in less than a decade and a half. Yet according to one of the most widely cited sources of data on drug use, the number of Americans using heroin has risen far more slowly, roughly doubling during the same time period. Most major […]

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 […]

Can we please stop pretending marijuana is harmless? The view from New England.

May 10, 2017 0

These days, it’s become fairly square to criticize marijuana and its rush toward legalization. Twenty-three states have condoned the drug in some form, with four permitting recreational use, and Massachusetts is set to vote on permitting it next year. The proposed federal CARERS Act of 2015 would let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference and demote pot from a Schedule I drug — one with high abuse potential — to Schedule II. The path toward nationwide decriminalization is […]

Push to combat drug trade may mean starting with China

December 27, 2016 0

AP News– If President-elect Donald Trump wants to fulfill his campaign promise of stemming the flow of drugs coming across the United States’ border with Mexico, he may want to start by looking at China. Manufacturers and organized crime groups in the world’s most populous country are responsible for the majority of fentanyl — the synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin — that ends up in the U.S. and the majority […]

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