A State and National Overview of the Opioid and Heroin Crisis

November 23, 2016 0

Opioid and heroin use is surging in Illinois communities and across the country with dramatic increases in the number of users and deaths by overdose. Communities, criminal justice practitioners, and public health professionals are struggling to help those suffering from opioid use disorders and, ultimately, save lives. This article provides an overview of the opioid epidemic and its causes, including the link between prescription opioids and heroin. Today, more Americans die from drug overdoses than […]

#LakeCountyPrevention Instagram Merger

November 1, 2016 0

Happy Halloween! The former @01moreis01less and @LakeCountyDFC have joined forces on Instagram as @LakeCountyPrevention! Your one stop shop for all things prevention. Websites and other media outlets will remain the same! Tag your photos #LakeCountyPrevention 👻🎃 A photo posted by Lake County Prevention (@lakecountyprevention) on Oct 31, 2016 at 2:17pm PDT

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 […]

America’s opioid addiction: ‘I ended up selling all my valuable stuff to buy pills’

May 19, 2016 0

On the outskirts of Kingsport, Tennessee, Kim, a therapist, faces a small group of people sitting in folding chairs. She’s helping them rid their life of illegal drugs. The attendees are all white and working class, self-described “dirt poor”, and none with college degrees. They have come to spend hours talking of past and present pains, offer each other support, and pee in a cup. If they pass the test, they will get their weekly […]

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 […]

Round Lake Park Drug Disposal Last Weekend

April 18, 2016 0

Last weekend the Round Lake Park Police department hosted a Drug Disposal event at the Grayslake Fire Protection District Station # 3. We were happy to have Pharmacy students from Rosalind Franklin School of Pharmacy help out. Many thanks to Congressman Bob Dold and States Attorney Mike Nerheim for stopping by and supporting the efforts. Early estimates say they took in over 200 pounds in during the 4 hour event, roughly $15,000 in street value […]

Can a teen’s clothing reveal if they drink?

April 14, 2016 0

Teens are more likely to begin drinking alcohol if they own alcohol branded merchandise such as shirts, hats, and keychains, according to a recent study. An Australian researcher, whose work was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, analyzed 13 studies on the association between alcohol merchandise ownership and consumption, which included more than 26,000 kids and teens. Some of the studies found up to 59 percent of kids and teens own alcohol branded merchandise. […]

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 […]

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age

April 8, 2016 0

How old is your child? 2 to 4 Year Old Since the foundation for all healthy habits — from nutrition to toothbrushing— is laid down during the preschool years, this is a great time to set the stage for a drug-free life. Tips What to Say 5 to 8 Year Old 5-to-8-year olds are still tied to family and eager to please but they’re also beginning to explore their individuality. Tips What to Say Your […]

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