Task Force to testify before Legislators

February 26, 2014 0

The Task Force was asked by representative Sam Yingling to testify to the State Young Adult Heroin Use Task Force today in Springfield. Here is this the transcript of our testimony. No first time drug abuser wakes up and says let’s take Heroin today! The path to Heroin Abuse starts long before that. As the project coordinator for the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force and an employee of the Lake County […]

Use our maps to find Lake County Drug Disposal boxes.

September 27, 2013 0

Did you know that Lake County has a way of taking back your old, outdated or unused prescription drug’s?  Quick Tip: Find the box nearest to you by clicking this link. Prescription drugs that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, creating a public health crisis. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. today is at an alarmingly high level—two-and-a-half times more people currently abuse prescription drugs […]

16,000 Needless Deaths

August 30, 2013 0

Drug overdoses are a major cause of preventable death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 Americans died from overdose every day in 2010.[i]  Prescription drugs were involved in at least half of the more than 38,300 overdose deaths that year, and opioid pain relievers were involved in over 16,600.[ii]  Drug overdose deaths outnumber deaths from gunshot wounds or motor vehicle crashes. To address this challenge, in […]

Coming Soon– National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 19, 2013 0

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. In the five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected […]

Sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Planned for April 27

January 15, 2013 0

DEA’s sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013. DEA’s first five Take-Back events resulted in the removal from circulation of more than 2 million pounds (over 1,000 tons) of prescription drugs. Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana use as the Nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem, with approximately 22 million persons nationwide initiating nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002, according to a report by the Substance Abuse […]

National Epidemic: Prescription Drug Abuse

January 2, 2013 0

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. While there has been a marked decrease in the use of some illegal drugs like cocaine, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show that nearly one-third of people aged 12 and over who used drugs for the first time in 2009 began by using a prescription drug non-medically.Some individuals who misuse prescription drugs, particularly teens, believe […]

Federal Guidelines for the Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

December 5, 2012 0

Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so. For information on drugs that should be flushed visit the www.fda.gov. To dispose of prescription drugs not labeled to be flushed, take advantage of community drug take-back programs or other programs, such as household hazardous waste collection events, that collect drugs at a central location for proper disposal. Call your city or […]

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