April 18, 2016

Round Lake Park Drug Disposal Last Weekend

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 schedule medications!

April 14, 2016

Can a teen’s clothing reveal if they drink?

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. Additionally, four studies found kids who owned alcohol paraphernalia but were non-drinkers were more likely to begin consuming alcohol a year later.

The effects of drinking alcohol on teen development is a cause for concern, says Dr. Natalie Sgarlata, an Advocate Children’s Medical Group pediatrician at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill.

“Alcohol can have a negative impact on a person’s physical and emotional development as the brain continues to develop throughout adolescence,” says Dr. Sgarlata. “The frontal lobe is responsible for decision making, and it does not finish developing until 23-25 years of life. Alcohol use during the teen years can slow or disrupt the development of the frontal lobe. This can lead to a great impairment indecision making.”

Due to these adverse effects of drinking on adolescent development, the research urges the adoption of new advertising policies to limit kids’ and teens’ access to alcohol branded merchandise.

Additionally, one of the studies cited 71 percent of kids who owned the merchandise said they received it from their parents. Therefore, experts suggest there is also a need to educate parents and adults about the negative impact of alcohol branded merchandise on teen drinking behavior.

April 11, 2016

Congressman Dold on Opioid's

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 way of helping people in our communities who are struggling with addiction find the treatment they need to get their lives back on track."

“Friends, neighbors, relatives—many of us know someone who, at this very moment, is being affected by opioid addiction,” said Speaker Ryan. “Next month, the House will take up legislation that not only helps those suffering today, but works to prevent addiction before it begins. Bob Dold is hard at work to help fight this growing threat, and I look forward to his address.

 This week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House will take up additional legislation to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic next month. For a summary of actions the House and its committees have taken to date, click here.

April 8, 2016

How to Prevent Drug Use at Every Age

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.
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.
What to Say

Your 9 to 12 Year Old
Preteens: They're on a quest to figure out their place in the world. When it comes to the way they view that world, they tend to give their friends' opinions a great deal of power while, at the same time, they're starting to question their parents' views and messages.
What to Say

Transitions: The First Year of Middle School
You've been anticipating this for the past few years — your child's transition from elementary school to middle school. Be warned, this is a critical time and calls for extra vigilance on your part.

13 to 15 Year Old
For parents, this is a pivotal time in helping kids make positive choices when faced with drugs and alcohol.
What to Say

16 to 18 Year Old
When it comes to drugs, teens are a savvy bunch. Drugs and messages about living drug-free have been part of their lives for years.
What to Say

If You Think They’re Using: Drug Abuse in Teens 13-18
If you're at all concerned that your teenager is using drugs or alcohol, take action right now to help your child get back on track to a healthy life.

19 to 25 Year Old
As you prepare your child for life after high school you can help guide him to a healthy experience.
What to Say

If You Think They’re Using: Young Adults 19-25
The most important step you can take in addiction intervention for an adult is to speak up and urge him or her to get help.

March 24, 2016

Most Juveniles in Chicago Detention Center Have Had Drug or Alcohol Problems

Most teens who have gone through the juvenile detention center in Chicago have been diagnosed with drug or alcohol abuse or dependency at some point in their lives, a new study finds. Northwestern University researchers found more than 90 percent of males and almost 80 percent of females who went through the detention center had substance use problems during their teen years or in young adulthood, the Chicago Tribune reports.

 The study tracked 1,829 youths detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center between 1995 and 1998. The median age of subjects was 15 at the start of the study. They were followed over 12 years. By the time the youth reached their late 20s or early 30s, most had been diagnosed with a substance use disorder.

  • Males in the study were more likely than females to have problems with marijuana and alcohol. 
  • Females were more likely to have problems with cocaine, opioids, amphetamines and sedatives. 
  • Non-Hispanic white youths were 30 times as likely as African-American youths to abuse cocaine. 
  • Hispanic youths were more than 20 times as likely to abuse cocaine compared with African-American youths. 

The study appears in the American Journal of Public Health. “Unfortunately, substance use disorders were the rule, not the exception,” lead author Leah Welty said in a news release. “These young adults already face substantial challenges in completing education, establishing careers and building families. Substance abuse further compromises their futures.” Study co-author Linda A. Teplin noted, “Our findings add to the growing debate on how the war on drugs has affected African Americans. We found that African Americans are less likely than other racial/ethnic groups to abuse hard drugs. Yet, African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated for drug crimes.”