December 16, 2014

2014 Monitoring the Future Survey results announced.

Today, ONDCP Acting Director Michael P. Botticelli joined Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse along with Dr. Lloyd Johnston and Dr. Richard Miech of the University of Michigan to announce the results of the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.  The survey, conducted earlier this year by scientists at the University of Michigan, tracks annual drug use and attitudes among 8th, 10th, and 12th-grade students. There is good news in the data announced today, which reflect declines in youth drug and alcohol use across the board.

Cigarette and alcohol use--and prescription pain relievers misuse—have all declined since 2013. Marijuana use rates did not increase in 2014, and, among 10th graders, both past-year and daily marijuana use declined by 8 percent and 15 percent, respectively.  Past year use of synthetic marijuana, dangerous drugs that have cut the potential of far too many young people, is now down among 12th graders from 11.4% in 2011 to 5.8% in 2014.  Additionally, all measures of alcohol drinking (past-month, past-year, lifetime, daily, and 5 or more drinks in a row in the last 2 weeks) were significantly lower than 5 years ago, and all levels are at an all-time low since 1991.

The Obama administration remains steadfast in its commitment to reduce drug use and its consequences—and we know that the best way to reduce drug use is to  prevent it from ever starting. We join our partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in encouraging parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors to have a conversation with a young person in their lives about making the healthy decisions that will keep them on a path toward a successful future.   View valuable resources on starting the conversation  here.

Monitoring the Future is one of three major survey instruments the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services uses to monitor the nation’s substance use patterns among teens.  Information from these surveys informs strategic planning for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for youth. The Monitoring the Future survey produces timely results, with findings announced the same year the data is collected.

To learn more about Monitoring the Future’s 2014 results, please read the full press release, visit the ONDCP Blog and join us at 1 p.m. EST for a Twitter chat with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to discuss the findings. Use the hashtag #MTF2014 to follow along and ask questions.

November 24, 2014

Welcome to Lakemoor! The newest prescription drug disposal box in the county!

The Village of Lakemoor, their Police Department and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation have established a pill disposal and collection program? The purpose of this program is to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, thus keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse.

The Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation was founded in Highland Park, Illinois by David and Gail Katz and their daughter, Melissa Katz Gold, following the death of David and Gail’s 25-year-old son and Melissa’s brother, Daniel, from an overdose of prescription drug medication in June, 2007. The Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation was created to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse and addiction, and to provide tangible methods to remove unwanted and unused medications from America’s homes.

The use of prescription pills for non-medical reasons has reached epidemic proportions and threatens the lives of millions of Americans. The Village of Lakemoor is not immune to this and we have seen an increase in prescription medication abuse. This Village and their police department have partnered with the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation to battle this epidemic.

  • Prescription pills are killing more of our youth than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and inhalants combined. 
  • Everyday 2,500 teens use prescription drugs for non-medical use for the first time. 
  • Teens abuse prescription drugs more than any illicit street drug except marijuana. 70% of people who abuse prescription drugs say they get them out of the medicine cabinets of their grandparents and parents. 
  • Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths have doubled in the last decade and now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States.

November 21, 2014

Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim leading way on overdose death prevention!

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim announced that the Lake County Opioid initiative has equipped and trained thirty-two police departments, including the entire Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the tools to reverse opioid overdose via the use of Naloxone. The program enables law enforcement personnel to carry the antidote in their squad cars and utilize it when responding to overdose situations.

“We want community members to know that their health and safety comes first. When it comes to overdose, time is of the essence. It takes four minutes for the brain stem to die making it critical for police arriving to the scene first to respond swiftly. This program has broken down a massive social barrier and allows users plagued by addiction with the chance to seek treatment,” said Chelsea Laliberte, Executive Director of Live4Lali, which provides free community Naloxone and drug education.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is used to counter the effects of opioid respiratory suppression/overdose. Currently, there are three forms of Naloxone administration available to program participants. The intranasal form delivers a mist of naloxone to nasal mucus membranes. The auto-injector, is a self-contained version providing visible and voice instructions. Finally, the intramuscular version is injected with a retractable syringe.

“Quite simply, this program will save lives. We will be only a handful of counties within the country to equip law enforcement officers with the lifesaving antidote,” said State’s Attorney Nerheim. “I am very proud of all the departments that are participating and taking the lead to help fight this epidemic. This is one part of our overall strategy, which includes aggressive prosecution of drug dealers and an emphasis on treatment and education.”

“The opioid epidemic sweeping across our county has no borders. It is affecting even the most affluent communities. Protecting life is at the center of every police department’s mission and by equipping our officers with Naloxone, we are taking a significant step forward in saving lives from opioid overdoses.” “It will give us the greatest chance of saving someone’s daughter, son, father, or mother. We’re actively working to be part of the solution of a larger problem throughout Lake County and beyond,” said Eric Guenther, Chief of Police, Village of Mundelein.

The police departments that have received the Naloxone overdose prevention training and supply are as follows:
  • Antioch Police Department 
  • Bannockburn Police Department 
  • Barrington Police Department 
  • Barrington Hills Police Department 
  • Buffalo Grove Police Department 
  • College of Lake County Police Department 
  • Deerfield Police Department 
  • Grayslake Police Department 
  • Gurnee Police Department 
  • Hawthorn Woods Police Department 
  • Highland Park Police Department 
  • Lake Bluff Police Department 
  • Lake County Forest Preserve Police Department 
  • Lake County Sheriff’s Office 
  • Lake Forest Police Department 
  • Lake Villa Police Department 
  • Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LCMEG) 
  • Libertyville Police Department 
  • Mundelein Police Department 
  • North Chicago Police Department 
  • Park City Police Department 
  • Riverwoods Police Department 
  • Round Lake Police Department 
  • Round Lake Beach Police Department 
  • Round Lake Heights Police Department 
  • Round Lake Park Police Department 
  • Vernon Hills Police Department 
  • Waukegan Police Department 
  • Wheeling Police Department 
  • Winthrop Harbor Police Department 
  • Zion Police Department 
  • Tower Lakes Police Department 

“The deployment of Naloxone in law enforcement provides another tool to break the cycle of the heroin epidemic which without intervention can in many instances result in death. Saving lives provides opportunities for treatment and re-engagement in the community and in life,” said Undersheriff Raymond Rose.

The Lake County Opioid Initiative’s (LCOI) mission is to develop, implement, and sustain a multi-strategy countywide effort to prevent opioid use, abuse, misuse, addiction, overdose and death. LCOI has developed a strategic plan and completed the first phase of its goals. In the second phase of the comprehensive plan, we aim to expand communications countywide via a text-a-tip line, which is expected to launch in February 2015. The goal of the program is to connect community members with critical healthcare and treatment services if and when they encounter an issue related to substance abuse, mental health, suicide or other traumatic incidences.

“Thus far we have trained about 80 officers to use Naloxone and they in turn are training their peers, ” said Tony Beltran. “The Health Department’s Executive Director. The Health Department is also training clients and clients’ families and friends on how to use Naloxone.”

If anyone suspects that an individual is suffering from an overdose, please do not hesitate to dial 9-1-1 immediately.

For more go here.
Countywide NARCAN Program announced!