Nearly 2 Billion Opioid Pills Flowed Into Illinois, Data ShowsClose to 2 billion prescription painkillers were distributed to Illinois between 2006 and 2012, according to new data first released by The Washington Post.
West Side Lawmakers Hold Emergency Meeting On Opioid Epidemic In Wake Of Heroin OverdosesA group of lawmakers held an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss ways to fight the ongoing opioid crisis, nearly two weeks after at least 20 people overdosed on heroin on the West Side.
Opioid Crisis Puts County Coroner Over BudgetHis office has performed a record number of autopsies this year. Some days he's had so many bodies he had to send some to DuPage County for storage.
Uptown Medical Clinic Owner Guilty Of Illegally Prescribing $500,000 In OpioidsThe former owner of a Chicago medical clinic has admitted to making more than $500,000 by illegally selling opioid prescriptions to patients, according to the United States Department of Justice.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren As Opioid Epidemic Takes TollThe nation's opioid epidemic has sent an alarming number of children into the foster care system, but the numbers would be even worse if it weren't for grandparents.
Rate Of Pregnant Women Addicted To Opioids Skyrocketed In 15 Years, CDC SaysAs the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc across the country, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sheds light on the devastating consequences opioid addiction can have on pregnant women.
House Passes Bipartisan Legislation On OpioidsThe House on Friday voted 396 to 14 to send the Senate more than 50 bills aimed at tackling the opioid crisis, which is claiming more than 115 lives each day in the U.S.
Family Files Lawsuit After Woman Dies From Overdosing On Prescribed PainkillersThe family of a St. Charles woman is filing a wrongful death lawsuit alleging doctors ignored warning signs of over-prescribed painkillers.
Illinois To Use $2B In Medicaid Funds For Behavioral Health ProgramsThe governor says the health initiatives will make Illinois a "national leader in the way mental health services are provided."
Illinois Bill Would Expand Availability Of Medical MarijuanaAn Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state's opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.
National Drug Take Back Day In Full SwingThe goal is to toss out any unused prescription drugs and to prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong hands.
Woman Lost 2 Sons In One Night To Opioids; Fighting The Crisis Is Now Her Life's Work"Everything just kind of seemed like a blur that day," Becky Savage said. "Your mind is not really meant to process something that extreme."
Chicago Surgeon Sets Up Medication Disposal ProgramDr. Jonah Stulberg is taking steps to ensure highly-addictive opioid medications don't fall into the wrong hands.
Several Counties In Illinois Sue Drug Companies Over OpioidsSeveral counties in Illinois are suing drug companies and physicians over the consequences of excessive opioid use.
Narcan: The Overdose Antidote Drawing Some BacklashNumbers provided by the state show Naloxone, also known as Narcan, use by emergency responders has increased 250 percent.