Stevenson High School to host Rx Drug Misuse Parent Night

February 20, 2017 0

Rx Drug Misuse Parent Night: March 2nd, 7:00 PM at Stevenson High School, Recital Hall. The Catalyst Group at Stevenson has organized this informational evening for parents interested in learning more about what’s happening in our community in terms of prescription drug misuse and the risks associated with these trends for our teens. This event was organized as a result of Catalyst’s relationship with the Bardos family who lost their son, Sean, to a prescription […]

Pharma Execs Arrested in Shockingly Organized Scheme to Overprescribe Notorious Opioid

December 19, 2016 0

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that overdose deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—the drug that killed Prince—rose by nearly 75 percent in 2015. On the same day, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts announced the arrest of six former employees, including a former CEO and two former vice presidents, of the Phoenix-based and NASDAQ-traded fentanyl producer Insys Therapeutics. The individuals are charged with bribing doctors and otherwise conspiring to […]

From the Guardian: Pills that kill: why are thousands dying from fentanyl abuse?

December 12, 2016 0

Natasha Butler had never heard of fentanyl until a doctor told her that a single pill had pushed her eldest son to the brink of death – and he wasn’t coming back. “The doctor said fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. I know morphine is really, really powerful. I’m trying to understand. All that in one pill? How did Jerome get that pill?” she asked, her […]

Children Hospitalized for Opioid Poisoning More than Doubles in 16 Years, Study Finds

November 30, 2016 0

As the opioid epidemic has continued to expand across the U.S., multitudes of children have been hospitalized for opioid-related poisonings, according to a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Hospitalizations for prescription opioid-related poisonings increased a dramatic 165 percent, for children between the ages of 1 to 19, between 1997 and 2012, the researchers found. The “opioid crisis is effecting us all,” Julie Gaither, lead study author and Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics at the Department […]

Best intentions gone awry: Origins of the opioid epidemic

November 7, 2016 0

Millions of Americans live with acute or chronic pain. Many of them rely on prescription drugs to improve their ability to function and maintain their quality of life. While all prescription drugs have some risk of misuse, some drugs, identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as controlled substances, are particularly dangerous. Specifically, prescription opioids have high abuse potential and can lead to life-threatening adverse events when taken in excess or in combination with other drugs.1 Opioids […]

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 […]

States Receive $53 Million in Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic

September 7, 2016 0

Forty-four states will receive a total of $53 million in grants from the Obama Administration to fight the opioid epidemic, the Los Angeles Times reports. Administration officials are calling on legislators to approve $1.1 billion requested by President Obama to increase addiction treatment. The new state funds will include money to provide first responders with the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said more help is […]

Prescription Drug Abuse in the Illinois Workplace

August 9, 2016 0

Prescription drug misuse could be slipping through the cracks at Illinois workplaces, this article warns. No study has assessed whether the state has a prescription drug problem in the workplace, and state law does not require employers to conduct drug tests. The Illinois Work Injury Resource Center tests thousands of employers throughout central Illinois for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, and opiates. Employers can upgrade the test to include six additional prescription medications. It can still […]

Expansion of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services

June 29, 2016 0

To address the growing number of Lake County residents struggling with opioid addictions, the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is doubling the capacity of its Medication-Assisted Treatment program. It is expanding treatment to 200 people struggling with opioid addictions through a grant of $325,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration. “The expansion of our MAT program is an essential next step in the regional effort to address the opioid epidemic, which has had […]

Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

May 25, 2016 0

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left. That story still circulates within the business community of this historic port city. But the problem has gotten worse. All over the country, employers say they see […]

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