Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers to make it harder for people to abuse the drugs.
Experts have asked state lawmakers to require locking containers for prescription painkillers, to help prevent theft and abuse.
The family of a National Hockey League player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.
It’s an alarming spike; the number of people being arrested for heroin in DuPage County were up 700 percent last year. At the same time, researchers might have uncovered a link – something almost all heroin addicts share.